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!