The Lord is our strength and song

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By Pearl Harper

   Last week I wrote about how singing praises to God pleases Him and makes us feel better. I started thinking of how important singing is today and in the Old Testament and New Testament. 

After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and were on dry ground, and everyone was safe except their enemy; the Egyptians were totally destroyed in Exodus 15:1-19,      “ Then sang Moses and the children of Israel also I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song and he has become my salvation, he is my God and I will prepare him an habitation.”

Read all of the song it concludes with Marian, the sister of Aaron, she took a tumbrel in her hand and all the women went after her with tumbrels and dances.

“And Marian answered them, sing ye unto the Lord for he hath triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” (verse 20-21) This is the first song of Israel on record Moses composed and led all the people singing it.            

When David was assembling Israel to bring the ark into place, over 862 priests and Levites were sanctified to bear the ark and offer sacrifices.

David also appointed singers and musicians to praise God before the ark. David also appointed singers to sing while Solomon built the temple. In 1 Chronicles 15 and 16, “And David spoke to their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harp and cymbals, sounding by lifting up the voice with joy.

Can you envision the men’s choir going before the musicians, following the maidens playing timbels among or in between the men singers and musicians?

To comprehend this joyous occasion read all of 1 Chronicles Chapters 15 and 16. In 16:9, David says, “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. I love the singers and musicians and was dancing with all his heart. Read II Chronicles Chapter 5, when the ark is brought to its final dwelling place Solomon’s temple, verse 13, and it came to pass as the trumpeters and singers were as one to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music and praised the Lord, saying For he is good, for his mercy endureth forever, that then the house was filled with a cloud even the house of the Lord.

All through the Bible singing and singers are important.

We can be pretty certain that Moses and the Israelites had no reason to sing while they were in bondage but often this helps feel us of our bondage. The song of Moses reflected the joy they felt. Praise songs pleases God and lifts out spirits, whether Psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs, singing making melody in out heart to the Lord, it is scriptured. Eph. 5:19, Psalm 66:1-2, Make a joyful noise unto God all ye lands. Sing forth the honor of his name, make his praise glorious. “He is worthy”! God Bless