Part 2 in a 6 part series. View series intro and index. In order to properly understand the Psalms and sing them with saints of old, we must employ the right strategy. In other words, we need to have a proper biblical and theological hermeneutic (i.e. interpretive grid). As I mentioned in the last post, I propose that the Davidic covenant (see 2 Sam. 7:12-16) is the lens through which the entire book of Psalms should be read. For the most part, the Psalms are a collection of royal prayers and petitions. Because covenants in the OT are based on the vassal … Continue reading Covenant: A Strategy for Singing the Psalms
The fact that God will judge the world should cause his people to rejoice. Why? God’s judgment proves that he is a God who cares about justice, righteousness, and holiness. Psalm 98:4, 8-9 reminds of of this: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. …Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. Going beyond this precious fact, what truly grips my heart and causes it to rejoice … Continue reading Why should judgment cause rejoicing?
I think a huge reason for my spiritual ups and downs is the fact that I tend to look at my subjective feelings more often than I look at God’s proven faithfulness and goodness. As I spent time reading the Bible earlier in Psalm 13, my heart rejoiced with David’s words: I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me (v. 6). David didn’t say that he wanted to sing because he had a great quiet time that morning. He didn’t say he would sing because things were going perfectly (actually, they were going quite poorly … Continue reading One Reason We Sing
God is going to start a party with the best food and finest wine. Isaiah 25:6 says, “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine.” I imagine that there will be some decent music at this party as well (because every good party has good music). One of the songs that will be sung is in verse 9. God’s people will sing, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; … Continue reading God’s Party and Our Praise
By John Newton and William Cowper Though troubles assail, And dangers affright; Though friends should all fail, And foes all unite, Yet one thing secures us, Whatever betide: The Scripture assures us, “The Lord will provide.” The birds, without barn Or storehouse, are fed; From them let us learn To trust for our bread; His saints what is fitting Shall ne’er be denied, So long as ’tis written, “The Lord will provide.” His call we obey, Like Abram of old, Not knowing our way, But faith makes us bold; For though we are strangers, We have a good Guide; And … Continue reading The Lord Will Provide
Good works are the melodies that non-Christians hear. Nearly all of the time, they cannot read our sheet music. They can’t understand what the notes and chords mean, but they know a good song when they experience it. Continue reading Good Works is the Christian’s Symphony