The word of God is God speaking to us. It reveals Gods plans for us. It reveals God’s love, faithfulness, goodness, might, power, will and nature. It talks about God’s righteousness, His forgiveness and His mercy. The bible also includes man’s questions to God, our responses to Gods declarations, our requests, our prayers. Hence the bible is an account of the conversation between God and man.
This conversation is dynamic, powerful, timeless and a living song. I say song because the bible is full of music, poetry and rhythm. Great numbers of skilled men were instructed in the songs of the Lord, set apart to make music before the tabernacle (1 Chronicles 25:7).
The bible talks about a lot of different kind of songs.
These songs are not just in the context of worship and exaltation but also of lamentation and about the state of being in a relationship with God. These songs resonate loudly and clearly in our lives even today.
Some of the songs are the promise of rewards and blessings “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy (Psalm 126:6).”
Some songs are promises of judgment. “Hear this word, Israel, this lament that I take up concerning you (Amos 5:1).” This verse is about God’s sadness over His children that refuses to turn to His love care and goodness. This sadness still echoes in us today as we carry the burden for a lost and fallen world.
Then there are the mysterious songs in the night, the lyrics a secret between God and the object of his affection, in this case a heartbroken, weary David. “Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me. (Psalm 42:8)”
Isaiah 5:12 says “They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands.” This verse speaks about praise and worship that loses sight of God. Those repeated rituals, the lyrics uttered with the mouth but the heart feels no gratitude, the mind holds no awe about God’s work in their life.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalms 32:7 ” This song was sung by David after God freed Him from the clutches of guilt and shame that followed after sin. It is a song of assurance, a result of God’s forgiveness in David’s life. This is also our life song as we boldly step into God’s presence each day as Christ has delivered us from sin and death.
There are many more songs in the bible. Songs of prophesy, praise, thanksgiving and victory. Some sung by God, many sung by us, and some sung by angels. These songs also prophesy to our circumstances about what God has done and what He is able to do in our lives. The songs we sing are more than notes and rhymes. These songs communicate the beauty and intricacy of the relationship we have with God. We sing because God gives us new songs. We sing because we rejoice. We sing because the Lord is our strength and our song.