I am song nut, so when I saw the title of this week’s chapter I thought to myself…could it be? There was a game out in the early 90’s called SONGBURST. My sister in love and I would make our newly wedded husbands play this game for hours and hours when we all first got married (all three sibling were married within a year of each other). We LOVED this game, but the guys, well…not so much!
Check this out…Page 183 – “You will have a new song in your mouth, a hymn of praise to your God. That’s the second way you’ll know you’ve waved goodbye to the pit.” Then she goes on to say a little further down the page…”It doesn’t matter whether you have a beautiful voice or make mostly noise, you were born for song. And not just any kind of song. Your heart beats to the rhythm of a God-song, and your vocal chords were fashioned to give it volume.”
Ok, when you read that did you automatically think of Happy Feet? (or was it only me?)
Ladies…I feel an “Amen Sister” right about now, don’t you?
Prepare yourself ladies…this next part is truly spectacular; Page 189-190 – “I’m not talking about the unbroken melody of a beautiful singing voice. I’m talking about an unstopped outlet of frequent compulsory praise. Of a raptured spirit. Of a Sabbathed soul. In the midst of our difficulty, could we still sing with liberty to our God? Even with tears streaming down our cheeks?” (Ladies, I have done this so many times, haven’t you?) “Beloved, a song of praise freely sung and spontaneously offered is one of the most blatant trademarks of joy in tribulation. You have not let that situation get to you entirely and bury you in a pit until you’ve lost your God-song. Likewise, you know you’re out of that pit when not only have your old songs returned but something fresh has happened. God has put a new song in your mouth. A brand new hymn of praise to your God.”
Breath it in,
Sing ladies sing. You are coming out or already out of the pit. Sing your songs to Him.
Let’s wrap it up with the amazing words on page 195 – “If you’ve been in a pit, God wants nothing more for you than deliverance, and He has surrounded you with accompaniment on your journey out. Take it seriously. No, take it joyfully. Gloriously! Think of the most dramatic movie you’ve ever seen. Hear the haunting score of the battle saga Glory. The thrilling score of final victory in Tolkien’s The Return of the King. Hear the football players in Remember the Titans singing in the locker room, “Ain’t no mountain high enough.” Now, imagine something even better. Surely you don’t think earthly movie producers and composers have anything on God. Every Oscar winning expression of music is a mere echo of the God in whose image the clay-footed composer was created. With all this in mind, can you possibly think that God would deliver you in your real-life drama engaging both heaven and Earth without powerful accompaniment?”…”The originator of surround sound, God chases you down with melody and hems you in with harmony until your raptured soul finds liberty and your aching feet find stability. Christ, the King, the Creator of the Universe, seeks and surrounds you with songs of deliverance.”
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.
Let’s take a few minutes to discuss the PERSONAL APPLICATION QUESTIONS in the back of the book on page 246.
1) Have you begun to hear a God-song in your heart? Can you put words to your song? If it is an actual song that you can sing, sing it!
2) Describe a time when you spontaneously began singing a song of praise – maybe in your care, at home, in an elevator, etc. Also describe a time when you sang, not because you felt like it, but as an act of faith. What was the result of your singing?
3) When you’re in a pit, you may be singing a song, but it’s usually not a God-song. What are some of the enemy’s songs that you’ve been singing? If you can’t think of an actual song, make up a song title that fits your situation. (Think country, and have fun with this!)
4) Now, pick one or two songs and/or soundtracks that you think God might use to accompany your victorious deliverance from a pit. If you don’t have these CD’s at home, buy or borrow them this week and play them every day.
5) This week, find a time and place where there will be no other distractions. Then play the music you’ve chosen while picturing in your mind the dramatic moment of your victory over the deadly pit from which you’re now emerging (or soon will be).
Now it’s your turn…take some time to think through these questions and share with the rest of the group what songs God has laid on your heart, what songs you have let the evil one play in your head, and also some of the other questions. I can’t wait to see what God songs you all have!!!
Singing My Song To Him,