Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Songs are written about all manner of human experience: love, loss, fear and celebration. Songs have a unique way of ‘airing’ what we are feeling. They can also record an event, express our love for one another, celebrate a place we have visited or acknowledge the beauty of nature.
Songs are a God-given means of capturing the heart and communicating truth. Little wonder we have such a wonderful heritage of Bible Songs; songs to minister life to us - for both children and adults alike.
Bible songs speak of events, places and people of the Bible. They stir the imagination which helps us picture events more clearly. They bring alive characters from the Bible, who otherwise may have appeared ‘wooden’ or inaccessible. They also provide us with memorable tunes that provide a framework for Biblical promises - God’s Truths that make us free!
Songs found in the Bible
There are numerous Bible Songs recorded in the Bible. One such song - and my personal favourite - is found in 2 Chronicles v 20. God’s people are faced with mighty armies coming against them from all sides! In the natural they wouldn’t have stood a chance in repelling them! But God instructed them, through a Prophet, to sing ‘a new song’ declaring God’s mercy and favour towards His people. And as they did, God set traps against their enemies - which had the result of confusing them into destroying themselves! God’s people never needed to lift a finger against them!
Another song of victory is found in Exodus 15 v 2, where Moses and the children of Israel sing to the Lord in celebration of their deliverance from Egypt.
And later, in the same Chapter, Miriam the Prophetess, took the tamborine and sang:
“Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”
Later, in the New Testament Book of Ephesians, the writer exhorts us to ‘speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord.’
David: The Psalmist
David, the writer of many of the Psalms, exhorts us to ‘Sing a new song to the Lord.’ (Psalm 33 v 3.) How the Lord loves us to be creative and spontaneous in our expression of worship and praise sung to God from our hearts.
You: The Psalmist!
I wonder how inventive you can be with your own Bible Songs?
Why not take passages of Scripture and make up your own tunes to them. They can be for your own encouragement or for you to share with others.
And who knows: you may have your Bible Songs sung by people far and wide!
There is always room for a new Bible Song!
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Lives of people around the world are being sacrificed on a daily basis! From North to South, East to West people’s of all ages and Nationalities are willingly laying down their lives on a Sacrificial Alter.
Asked why they should be taking part in this drastic action many say they are simply fed-up with the hopelessness of life. Apparently, they say, there is an ‘afterlife’ reality that is incomparable to this present life of toil, struggle and fears. Many are talking about a place called Heaven they can look forward to.
But the Heaven they are referring to is not an afterlife experience once taken out of this World, but is a place right here and now on this Earth.
Asked why it is possible to die and to live at the same time, one such ‘dead’ person commented:
“It is the strangest thing I’ve ever experienced. It is literally like Heaven having come into this Earth - but without having to physically die to get there. All you need is to have faith that the Son of God - Jesus the Christ - was sacrificed on the Alter for our sins, and that we too died with Him. You then need to declare out loud that this is the Truth, that Jesus, by His Spirit, lives in you and you live in Him. A brand new life begins - and I didn’t feel a thing, only love!”
So, if you’re looking for a pain-free way of getting rid of the turmoil in your soul, why not give it a try? After all, it doesn’t cost anything and who knows, you might even get to love it (Him!)