The Greatest Singer/Songwriter
“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Like many of his prophetic counterparts, Zephaniah uncovered the great truth that our great LORD is a God who rejoices over His people. Not only is this a God who sings over His people but He is also a songwriter.
Isaiah, the prophet who’s writings are literary wonders also recognized that our beloved Bridegroom has a song which He makes known to His bride.
“Now will I sing to my beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard”(Isaiah 5:1a).
“…and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee” (Isaiah 62:5b)
In Psalm 42:8b, the Psalmist tells us, “…and in the night his song shall be with me…”
Scripture based Songs
In my early years as a Christian, most churches sang scripture songs which I discovered was an easy way to memorize the word of God. Even today, when I read a passage which I know as a song, I immediately break into singing. Many times as I’m driving my car or taking walks, scripture songs come to mind as the Holy Spirit brings them to remembrance.
King David understood the importance of singing His word in Psalm 119:54,. “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage”.
Several years ago a noted music minister instructed me with, “If you want to sing a new Song of the LORD, read the Psalms”, which were mostly written by the sweet Psalmist David.
As one mother in Israel put it, “The young people are not singing scripture. They need to sing the words of the Bible to have the LORD’S anointing”. How can we expect Him to bless the fruit of our lips when the songs we sing are sometimes not even doctrinally correct?
Another concern I hear from mature Christians regarding music in the church is, ‘It’s all about me songs – Where are the songs that glorify the LORD – where are the prophetic songs?” If we are singing songs that bring attention to our humanity, our flesh, how can we receive a responsive song from the Bridegroom?
Moses’ Smash Hit
The Apostle John in a heavenly vision saw those who at the end of the ages would have victory over the beast and who would sing “the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb…”
In Deuteronomy chapter 31, the “LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die…” (Verse 14a) and instructed him, “Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it to the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel”.
Verse 21 details God’s reasons for giving Moses this song, “And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness, for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed….”. “And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended” (verse 30).
Deuteronomy 32: 1- 43 is a record of Moses lengthy song which sets forth the perfections of God. It was the LORD God himself who gave Moses this song at the end of his life.
It’s hard to comprehend the awesome experience of one’s final musical composition being sung down throughout the generations to the culmination of all ages. What a song of victory and deliverance!
What a smash hit!
Moses final musical composition is a prophetic song so great that not only is it being passed down from generation to generation, but it will be sung in victory over the enemy.
George Handel also composed his most famous work, ‘The Messiah’ when he was ill and aged. It too stand has stood the test of time recognized as one of the world’s greatest musical masterpieces.
Moses and Handel, as fathers of faith, testify that one is never too old to receive God’s song. At the same time, one must be in full obedience to our Heavenly Father to receive such a musical wonder.
Hearing God’s Song
To hear God’s song over us we have to move past our own little world and get into His spiritual world. Like John, we need to be in the spirit and willingly “come up here”. Most often I receive God’s anointed songs during times when I am open to His Word. This gives the Holy Spirit opportunity to move and His words come alive with a new melody, a new rhythm and a new arrangement.
Some scripture based prophetic songs He has sung to me over the years are:
- “Before I formed you the womb I knew you“ (Jeremiah 1:5-10)
- “Come away, come away my beloved come away” (Song of Solomon 2:10)
- “I will feed my sheep in Pastures green, by waters still” (Psalm 23)
- “I have heard the cries of my people” (Exodus 3:7-10)
- “Hearken unto me O House of Jacob and all the remnant of Israel” (Isaiah 46:3-9)
- “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom” (Jeremiah 9:23)
New songs that I have sung back to Him:
- “How Amiable are thy tabernacles O Lord” (Psalm 84)
- “Show me, show me, show me your glory O Lord” (Exodus 33:18)
- “Blessing and Honour belongs to thee” (Rev. 5:13)
Songs given to motivate the Body of Christ:
- “Open wide ye gates, be lifted up ye doors” (Psalm 24:7-10)
- “Glory, give Praise and give Glory unto the Lord” (Jeremiah 13:11,16)
Songs to touch the unrepentant:
- “O That My Head were waters” (Jeremiah 9)
- “Ishmael my son, my son” (Genesis 17:18-20)
The Old and The New
Sometimes, God sings ancient songs to us. This may be in the form of a hymn, gospel song or a chant from past generations. It may even be a song of an unknown language. His Holy Spirit is able to touch our spirits and lead us into familiar truths which were revealed in a former era.
Jesus understood the principle of old and new which is recorded in Matthew 13:52, “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old”.
Most scholars agree that on the night in which the LORD’S supper was instituted, Psalm 118 was the Hymn which Jesus and His disciples sang (Mark 14:26) as was custom after the Passover evening meal. Jesus recognized the importance of singing ‘old’ songs which had been written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
God opens our ears to hear as the learned and to make us alive as a Bridegroom who sings over His beloved Bride. To hear those songs, we need to be the Bride who has made herself ready!