Why sings Psalms and Spiritual Songs?

On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: “Israel’s leaders took charge, and the people gladly followed. Praise the Lord !
Judges 5:1‭-‬2 NLT

Why does the Lord call His people to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs? Two reasons readily come to mind.

First, worship ushers in a tenderness of spirit that allows us to intimately connect with Him in ways that the reading and studying of His Word cannot.

Second, song lyrics are a memorable, creative way for God to teach His people who He is, what He has done and what He will continue to do.

In Judges 4 we read the dramatic narrative of Israel’s victory over the Canaanites. Deborah composed the song in Judges 5 to forever commemorate that victory. Jewish history reveals God’s people often celebrated special occasions with song. We find two beautiful examples in the song of Miriam and Moses in Exodus 15 and the song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32.

Theologians consider Deborah’s song among the oldest poems in Scripture. It was her way of honoring the Lord’s faithfulness, fulfilling Psalm 145:4, “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”

Songs don’t need paper. Once learned, they remain hidden in our hearts. So, if people cannot read, if people have no Bible, they can still know and celebrate the working of God’s magnificent hand. Deborah’s song became a national hymn and, through Scripture, lives in perpetuity for generations to come.

Blow the Trumpet and Sound the Alarm!

O God, why hast thou cast [us] off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.” – Psalms 74:1-2

From this verse we see that the Bible says “thy congregation”, which God has “purchased of old” or has “redeemed”, is “mount zion, wherein thou hast dwelt”.
Mount Zion, or God’s Holy Mountain symbolically refers to God’s people, where He dwells.
Let us again read Joel 2:1 on the banner for today.
Here, the message is to sound an alarm among God’s people, amongst us who are called by the name of the Lord. This kind of Sound isn’t an unclear sound, but a ‘clearly defined sound’ that will rouse us to action!
What does it mean to blow the trumpet? How do we do this?
Let us read again from Isaiah 58:1 it says “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” This means to Speak out, to speak up, its not a time to go silent, its to cry out regardless, to point people to their wrongs and Sins.
What solemn cry! When we look around and see people rushing to and fro in the business of life. I wonder if we realise that many, many of these precious souls are shofar  marching blindly onward to death. And what about us that profess to be followers of Christ? The verse we just read says “show my people” and “the house of Jacob” their sins. Yes, even among professed Christians there are so much disunity, confusion, uncertain sounds wreaking havoc.
Its time to amend our ways, and not allow Souls go down to hell under our watch.
Its time to live our lives pleasing God and Him alone. It’s time to get up and save souls to the Kingdom.
Jesus Christ paid it all and He’s given us the all it takes to propagate the Gospel.

LORD PLEASE FORGIVE US, WE HAVE LEFT OUR PRIMARY ASSIGNMENT AND WE FOCUS ON MUNDANE THINGS OF THIS WORLD.
SHOW US MERCY FATHER!
YOU HAVE SENT US AS WATCHMEN. LORD WE ARISE AND TAKE OUR PLACE LORD. IN JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN

We are encouraged to go out there, blow the trumpet and sound the alarm.

 

IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

It is possible to repeat words in worship to God without participating in their meaning.

Perhaps you have occasionally found yourself in church singing a hymn, singing every word clearly, even enjoying the song, only to realise that you were not taking note of the words but thinking of something else.

This makes you feel rather foolish before God, because you have been singing in worship to him without thinking about what you are singing. Imagine if you worshipped like that all the time! How vain that worship would be.

Words uttered by the mouth, however true, do not impress God if the speaker is not taking account of their meaning.

The secret of true worship is that we “worship in spirit and in truth”God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:24 NKJV

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
Philippians 3:3 NKJV

Not only must the things we say and feel be true, but they must be the love of our spirits, our heart’s deep desire. Unfortunately many people worship from ulterior motives, and the desires of their hearts are far from God.

It is my Sincere Prayer that what’s in our hearts tallies with what our mouth says. May every word of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be Right and acceptable before our God in Jesus Christ name Amen. MAY OUR SOUND BEFORE THE LORD BE PLEASING AND SWEET IN HIS EARS IN JESUS CHRIST NAME. AMEN
May we not pay lip service to God.

Highest Calling

Our highest calling is to minister to God in worship, not just in songs but ultimately living a lifestyle of constant worship and in reverence.

Then there came from the throne the sound of a voice, saying, “Praise our God, all his servants and all people, both great and small, who have reverence for him!”
Revelation 19:5 GNB

Deeply respect God , your God. Serve and worship him exclusively. Back up your promises with his name only. 
Deuteronomy 6:13 ‭MSG

God is a jealous God who will never tolerate any rival. When attention is shifted from God to another, God gets jealous, He told the children of Israel that they should never have or serve any other god.

Do not worship any other god, because I, the LORD , tolerate no rivals.
Exodus 34:14 GNB

There are consequences when God’s word is disobeyed,

If you do worship other gods, the LORD ‘s anger will come against you like fire and will destroy you completely, because the LORD your God, who is present with you, tolerates no rivals.
Deuteronomy 6:15 GNB

Ministering to people is good, but it should never compete with our ministry to Him which is worship, especially the lifestyle of worshipful consecration to Him through intimate relationship.

Our Relationship with God should be topmost and not second place. In the midst of our day to day schedule, we must remember that God’s place should not be compromised.

When we put Him first we discover how much His heart beats for His lost children. With intimacy comes more of His presence in our lives. So we can expect to see an increase in signs, wonders, and miracles because The King of Kings is abiding in us, working through us, and for Him absolutely nothing is impossible!

Lizzy Ola,a boisterous bundle of beautiful.

A Thousand Shades of Awesomeness

It’s Wednesday people, I am super excited about today! in case you’re wondering what the excitement is about, just hang with me, let me take you on a beautiful ride as I  celebrate a special woman of worth, beautiful through and through. In case you didn’t know” Celebrating Womanhood” Wednesday has changed to Womanhood By Design.

The mission and vision are still to celebrate every woman all across the globe, in addition, I will be bringing great women within my circle of influence, every week, who are doing exploits and blazing trails in their fields regardless of their status. Each one of them will share their stories, life lessons, experiences of womanhood to inspire and motivate every woman to be their very best.

This is the first post on Womanhood by design and I am proud to present to you my  very first guest on this post, Mrs Elizabeth Ola, we…

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