“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! How beautiful it is when we sing our praises to the beautiful God, for praise makes you lovely before Him and brings Him great delight! Sing out with songs of thanksgiving to the Lord! Let’s sing our praises with melodies overflowing!” Psalms 147:1, 7 TPT
What do we sing of to the Lord? On what testimony is our singing based? We sing the words of others, but have you ever sung your own personal melodies to Him? Have you ever just sung from a heart overwhelmed with gratitude for all His goodness towards you? Worship that flows from the heart, a heart that knows Him, delights Him. A song of the Lord is spontaneous, it isn’t scripted, it’s a song known only to the one offering it, and the One receiving it. It cannot be duplicated. Have you sung like that?
The Psalmists have shared their personal testimonies with songs of praise, adoration, adulation, worship, gratitude for past and present interventions, songs of love, surrender and submission to a Holy God. Their song wasn’t limited to what He’d done but for who He is. The words of someone else’s song may identify with us, but it isn’t our song. There’s a song that’s unique to all of us. The Father longs to hear our song. Just like our personal stories, are exclusively ours, so is our melody.
In Psalm 144 David sang these words before facing Goliath. “There is only one strong, safe, and secure place for me; it’s in God alone and I love Him! He’s the one who gives me strength and skill for the battle. He’s my shelter of love and my fortress of faith, who wraps Himself around me as a secure shield. I hide myself in this One who subdues enemies before me.” Psalms 144:1-2 TPT
Is it any wonder Goliath fell even though he was fully armored? Perfect praise paralyzes the enemy. Psalm 8:2. David is known for his songs, each of them were spontaneously sung. I’m grateful that they’re recorded for us, but those were his renderings. God wants us to sing a new song. Our song. Our experiences may be similar but our responses aren’t. No one can sing our song to the Lord, allow the Holy Spirit to draw it out. We all have them, we’ve just grown accustomed to singing someone else’s testimony.
It’s a good starting point, but it should never be what is relied upon. You don’t need songwriting experience, you just need to be grateful. Gratitude has its own melody, that’s what most of the Psalms are about. Listen to this song.
“I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day; yes, I will praise You forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness. For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.”Psalms 145:1-3, 13-14 NLT
In this song, the writer is grateful that the Lord always keeps His promises. That’s a reason to sing, wouldn’t you agree? He’s praising the Lord for His faithfulness. We know that song well, don’t we? Then sing it out in your own words. Another of David’s songs is found in Psalm 108
“My heart, O God, is quiet and confident, all because of You. Now I can sing my song with passionate praises! Awake, O my soul, with the music of His splendor. Arise, my soul, and sing His praises! I will awaken the dawn with my worship, greeting the daybreak with my songs of light. Wherever I go I will thank you. All the nations will hear my praise songs to You. Your love is so extravagant, it reaches higher than the heavens! Your faithfulness is so astonishing, it stretches to the skies! Lord God, be exalted as You soar throughout the heavens. May your shining glory be seen high above all the earth! Come to Your beloved ones and gently draw us out. Answer our prayer for Your saving help. Come with Your might and strength, for we need You, Lord!” Psalms 108:1-6 TPT
Then the Lord responded with a song of His own.
“Then I heard the Lord speak in His holy splendor, and from His sanctuary I heard the Lord promise: “In my triumph I will be the One to measure out the portion of My inheritance to My people, and I will secure the land as I promised you. Shechem, Succoth, Gilead, Manasseh; they are all still Mine!” He says. “Judah will continue to produce kings and lawgivers, and Ephraim will produce great warriors. Moab will become My lowly servant. Edom will likewise serve My purposes. I will lift up a shout of victory over the land of Philistia!”Psalms 108:7-9 TPT
Did you know that He sings? O yes He does. In one of the archived messages we studied that. He rejoices over us with shouts of joy or singing. The Song of Songs is all about two lovers calling to each other in songs. God enjoys music from the heart. No wonder David was a man after God’s heart, he was always singing praises to Him. We cry so much about our problems, we’ve forgotten how to sing. When Jehoshaphat was faced with two enemy nations against Judah, he used a most unusual weapon of war. And God did something amazing, He inhabited their song. Let’s read.
“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout. After consulting the people,the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him for His holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!” At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves.”2 Chronicles 20:17, 19, 21-22 NLT
Most of our battles would’ve been won already, if we’d learn to sing! Sing out your song. No army has ever won a battle by singing, at least until now. Jehoshaphat’s strategy worked, God heard the people offering up thanksgiving instead of complaining and He backed up their confession of faith. “Give thanks to the Lord, for His faithful love endures forever!” That was their song, what does your song say of the Lord? Go ahead, sing a new song, dust off those vocals and sing your gratitude for all He is, all He’s done and all He’s going to do. Make your boast in Him. You’ll be amazed at how freely the words will come. Just set your affection on Him. He already has a response, duets makes sweeter harmonies. SING!!
“Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit