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Sing to the Lord!

Every blessing You pour out, I’ll turn
back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord, Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name
Matt Redman’s song washed
over my soul like a benediction.  I
counted the many blessings that poured over me and indeed, praised God.  Suddenly I remembered how many times a melody
and lyrics reached heart-deep to give me strength and draw me to the Creator.
I remember the
chubby-cheeked farm girl who desired nothing more than to accompany her Dad’s
choir in the country Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church.  I remember the sound of hymns played on the
upright piano lulling us to sleep as we grew up.  I remember learning the right from the left
hand when I faced east, as I pictured the keyboard of the piano against the
east wall of the living room.  I
remembered Mom practicing  The Holy City, The Lord’s Prayer, The Lord is
My Salvation
and other classical solos so she could accompany my
singing.  Now, as I walk the aisles of
the grocery store in a new town, knowing the likely-hood of seeing someone I
know, I sing softly a song that means more and more to me.  Goin’
Home, goin’ home, I’m just goin’ home. 
Quiet like, some still day, I’m just goin’ home.  It’s not far, just close by, through an open
door.  Mother’s there, ‘spectin’ me,
Father’s waiting, too. Lots of folk gathered there, all the friends I knew….”
But let us go back to the
beginning, as, In the beginning was God  When is the first mention of music in the
Bible of music?  It is first mentioned in
Genesis 31:27, when Jacob tried to steal away from his Uncle Laban’s house with
his two wives – Laban’s daughters.  Why
did you slip away secretly? Why did you deceive me? And why didn’t you say you
wanted to leave? I would have given you a farewell feast, with singing
and music, accompanied by
tambourines and harps
.
       
Nothing was mentioned until
Judges 5:3, giving the purpose of music by Deborah and Barak.  Listen, you kings! Pay attention, you
mighty rulers! For I will sing to the Lord.
I will make music to
the Lord, the God of Israel.
Groups
of musicians are mentioned in Judges 5:11
Listen to the village musicians

gathered at the watering holes. They recount the righteous victories of the Lord and the victories of his villagers in Israel.  Then the
people of the Lord
marched down to the city gates.
Learning
through music was first used by Moses, Deuteronomy 31:19.  So
write down the words of this song, and teach it to the people of Israel. Help them learn it, so
it may serve as a witness for me against them.
David
played for Saul in order to ease the tormenting spirit from the Lord.  Music was medicine – I Samuel 16:16 – Let us find a good musician to play the harp
whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and
you will soon be well again.”
The
Book of Psalms written by David and his musicians, number 150. 
Psalm 96:1-5 – 
Oh sing to
the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand
and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made
known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the
nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful
noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing
praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and
the sound of melody!
I like the words, new song
and these verses from Lamentations 3:22-23 – The faithful love of
the Lord never
ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
He has given me a new
song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. 
Psalm 40:3
Those
who love God and His Glory understand his faithfulness and the love He gives to
each of us and understanding from the heart bubbles over in song as revealed in
His Word, and extends to today.  These
songs are a testimony to who God is to us. 
His Grace mirrors a melody of life, the rhythm of Grace and harmonious
living here on earth.
Ask
those whose songs to the Lord are written in God’s Word:  Moses and Miriam (Judges 5:1); Song of Hannah
(I Samuel 2:1-10); Solomon (Song of Solomon); Mary, mother of Jesus (Luke
1:46-55); Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25); David (2 Samuel 22:2-51 (Psalm 18).  The Bible contains the Songs of Heaven:  Song of Redeemed (Revelation 5:9-10 – 14:2-3)
The Song of Moses and of the Lamb (Revelation 14:2-4); The Song of Many
(Revelation 19:1-7).
Ephesians
5:18b – 19 …be filled with the Holy
Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
There
will always be music, just as always, God is. 
He gives us a new song in our hearts each day that fills us with joy no
matter what our age or station in life. 
Why?  He is the author of life and
love and Grace through Jesus Christ. 
Where did music come from?  The
rhythm of the seasons, the glory of his creation gives us a melody of life that
continues to sing.

Sebastian
Bach said, “I play the notes as they are
written, but it is God who makes music.”

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