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“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah. 3:17 (NKJV)
At last we are able to sing when we get together for a service. What we missed! Music adds an emotional element that is hard to duplicate in the spoken word. What a difference there is between saying, ‘Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me’, and singing those words. As we sing, now we can soar into deep and heartfelt thanks and praise.
Sometimes we come to a service ‘out of sorts’. And if anyone said to us as we came in the door that we are ‘welcome … ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven’, we might just reply – given that we’re feeling a bit down in the dumps – ‘ok, thanks’, but then as we join in the song service, somehow our spirits can lift as the reality of the words comes through to our hearts. We can be a bit scared of expressing emotions, but our relationship with God is an emotional one – it is head and heart together.
So we sing to God. Some love it, some sing reluctantly. Some sing sweetly, others croak. But whatever we do, we have back-up. It would be more accurate to say that we have ‘up-front’ rather than back-up. We have Jesus, who as God, sings to us and with us, as our principle worship leader.
For Paul tells us that Jesus sings. Writing to the church in Rome, Paul explained that Jesus came to confirm to the Jews the promises made to the fathers but also the promises in the Old Testament made to the Gentiles. In Romans 15:9 (ESV) he quotes from 2 Samuel 22:50 and Psalm 18:49: “…Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” Jesus leads our singing, whether we’re tuneful or flat. He has a voice like the sound of many waters – overwhelmingly entrancing and beautiful, perfectly praising and glorifying to God.
And there’s more: God the Father sings; that’s our header scripture. God is with us, he’s rejoicing over us, he’s singing joyfully. We don’t often think of God rejoicing over us in song, but that’s what the verse says. More than that – the word for ‘rejoice’ means to dance with joy. So we have a picture of God celebrating, joyfully dancing and singing over us.
Christ, as our worship leader, leads us in song. God our Father rejoices over us in song. We are a global choir, with songs coming up to God from earth every moment of the day. Captured by Christ in heaven we have celestial harmonies. There’s a lot of singing going on.
Father, we thank you that you love us so much that you celebrate in joyful singing and in return Jesus is there as our perfect worship leader, perfecting our songs to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by Hilary Buck
About the writer:
Hilary Buck is a Minister and pastors the Lewes congregation of Grace Communion International.
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