Music is important to the Lord!
Music is so important that God’s children have used it for many purposes throughout history! In fact, they not only played music and sang songs, but they recorded them as well!–Not with the advanced methods we use today, but in whatever ways they could, and you can read in the Bible the recorded words of some of the earliest Christian songs.
Moses was a singer and writer. David wrote a whole book of songs, the Book of Psalms! Jeremiah wrote a song now known as Lamentations. Hannah, the mother of Samuel, wrote songs (1Sam.2), and Deborah and Barak sang a duet before the Children of Israel! (Judges 5) The Lord even used musical instruments to save His children from their enemies, like the trumpets which caused the walls of Jericho to fall (Joshua 6), and the Midianites to flee from Gideon’s meager army of 300 men. (Judges 7) You can read all through the Bible how God’s children were constantly singing and making a “joyful noise unto the Lord”. (Psa.100:1) Even Jesus and His disciples sang songs (Mat.26:30), and Paul exhorts that we should all sing psalms and spiritual songs. (Col.3:16) John even heard singing in Heaven–the song of Moses! (Rev.15:2,3)
So “come, let us sing unto the Lord!” (Psa.95:1)
Never underestimate the power of God’s Word!
The Word is mightier than the sword! “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but God’s Word shall never pass away!” (Mat.24:35)–So use the Word and spread His Truth and His Love through every means at your command to share God’s light, hope, life, Love, peace and plenty with others!
There’s power in the Word of God–so USE the Word!–For only the Sword of God’s Word is sharp enough to pierce the hard shell of defensiveness that many put up, so that the warmth of His Spirit of Love can flow into their hearts that hunger for it.
When you quote the Word, you know you’re right! When you preach Jesus, you know you’re right! You don’t even have to worry about whether they’re accepting it or not.–It’s the truth, whether they receive it or not! When you’re giving others the Word, sharing the Scripture, preaching the Word, you’re getting out something that cannot fail. Not one Word shall fall to the ground, wasted! The Lord has promised that His Word will accomplish the purpose He sent it to! (Isaiah 55:10,11) So wield the “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” as you share the Lord’s Love with others! (Eph.6:17)–And it will live in their hearts forever!
Bring forth fruits meet for repentance!” (Mat.3:8)
True repentance is not just being sorry, it is “metanoia”, Greek for a complete change of heart, mind and direction!
Many people are always being sorry but never really changing–like King Saul! Poor Saul never learned! He apologised and was sorry many times, but he never repented, he never changed, he never turned and went the other way! Saul would break down and weep before the prophet, and he would break down and weep before David, but he didn’t weep because he was repentant, he wept because he was sorry he was being caught! (1Sam.15:24-30) He wept because he was sorry over losing the kingdom, but he didn’t really confess and forsake his sin, the evil root beneath the outer show. (Pro.28:13)
Though King David also committed great sins, he had a great repentance–a genuine true change, and therefore God had a great forgiveness for him. He sought God’s heart. (Psa.51) He really loved the Lord and he really wanted to glorify God and to please Him! In spite of all his sins and mistakes and blunders, the Lord loved David because he was willing to fight and die for Him!–And David went on to do a job for God in spite of all his sins!
When He can get you out of the way, then He has a chance!
At the age of 40, when Moses was cocky and over-confident and tried to free his people in his own strength, he was a big flop, and had to run for his life without them in a personal exodus of his own.–And it took God 40 years in the wilderness to teach him humility and utter dependence on God, until he no longer even wanted the job!–Then he was ready. He didn’t think he was able, and that’s good!–Because Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. When you come to the end of your rope, then God has a chance to work.
He has to break us, and it’s hard to be broken. Sometimes it almost makes you feel like you want to die. But then you’re willing to live–for Jesus! For only from such death to self can life be born anew! (Jn.12:24,25)–”For it is no longer you that live, but Christ that lives in you, and you are now dead and your life is hid with Christ in God!” (Gal.2:20; Col.3:3)
So if you feel you are nothing and you’re no good–cheer up! When you’re so weak that you don’t feel capable or sufficient, then God has a chance to take over and do things to suit Himself. Only He can do it! Just give Him a chance! Let go–and let God! Surrender to Him today!