“Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life…
When I think of your rules from of old,
I take comfort, O Lord…
Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my sojourning.
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
and keep your law.
This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts.
You have dealt well with your servant,
O Lord, according to your word.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
for I believe in your commandments.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.
You are good and do good;
teach me your statutes…
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Psalm 119:49-50,52,54-56,65-68,71-72
Music is a powerful tool for the human heart. God’s gift of song, created at the beginning for the birds and morning stars to elicit joy, teaches us a magnificent dimension of His majestic design, the exquisite symmetry of notes harmonizing, of orchestras playing, all mysteriously plucking at our sense of hearing and at the deepest parts of our souls. The Lord who rejoices over us with singing He sets His word in our hearts so we can spread His song abroad into our worlds, its revelatory tunes lingering to affect outlooks and attitudes. (Genesis 1:20-21; Job 38:7; Zephaniah 3:17; Ephesians 5:19)
In all of David’s sojournings, his shepherding in the fields, escaping in the wilderness, ruling from Hebron and Jerusalem, God’s statutes, His word, were his song, both his background music and the sweet savor of his speech and praise. (Psalm 23; 40:1-5)
God’s statutes supply the words for our living, descriptions of our great God whom we endeavor to know, truth for meditation to direct our thinking and conversing, lines of specific instruction, light to make our way forward clear. (Psalm 19:7; 32:8; 119:105)
God’s word sets a rhythm and tempo for our days, instilling priorities, setting guidance in motion one decision at a time, disciplining us unto holiness, training us how to behave, where to serve, whom to love, and when. (Isaiah 30:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 12:10)
God’s word has for us specific notes to sing as we exercise particular and unique gifts. We sing different parts that harmonize within the body, to bring about His purposes and glory. (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; Ephesians 2:10)
God’s word is our melody, a memorable tune that brings delight, order, and beauty to our hours; that satisfies our senses, and revives and fortifies our souls; that adds vibrancy and loveliness to our interactions with others. (Psalm 19:7-8,10; 119:103)
The Word made flesh is our Savior, our living Song who resides in us. How melodious are our routines, our interactions, our ways of loving, because of Him? Does our presence plant in others a glad song that inspires, and encourages, and glorifies God? (John 1:1-4; 14:16)
“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.” ~Luther B. Bridges (1910)
My Father, as You daily sow Your living word in me, may I sing a new song that exalts You on the throne of my heart, and of the world. (Psalm 96:1)