• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 11, 2021

Daily Reading: II Samuel 22-24

II Samuel 22:1

And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

What is your song? Do you have one? Do you sing unto the Lord? Can you recount in praise unto Him all the great things He has done for you? Perhaps you are of the mindset that only singers sing, only writers write, only musicians make music. Nope. Any and all who love God and have been blessed of Him can express their devotion to Him in a myriad of ways.

No one has to hear your song, for it is to the Lord you sing. No one has to read your story for it is to the Lord you write. No one has to hear the music of your soul unto Him, for it is unto the Lord that you make a melody in your heart. The public song service at your church, the hymns you sing, the choruses that you have learned are all a good start. But do you have your own? David did.

We read David's song in II Samuel 22; in the next chapter in the very first verse David is called "the sweet psalmist of Israel." You see, he became so able in the area of writing psalms that they became hymns for his nation to sing. Yours probably will not rise to that height, although they may, but it is not for fame or popularity that you write your song, it is for Him. If you want to share it, and if others want to sing it, great! But first and foremost write your song to the Lord.

To write a song though, there must be a subject, some content, a focus, a main thought. David's song starts with his desire: The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer. We have just read an entire book about the Lord's help in David's life. Saul, Ishbosheth, Absalom, Sheba, and then how God orchestrated the elimination of David's enemies, the descendants of Saul. Now, David rehearses the great works of God on his behalf. His song is long, 50 verses (this song is the same as Psalm 18 with a few alterations). It's a great song of a great Savior from a great man.

Back to your song. Make it a new song. Psalm 96:1 invites you: O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 98:1 suggests; O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things... Your song does not have to be great. It just has to be yours! From your heart to His ears. Until you write your own, pick out a favorite song about Him, memorize the words, and learn the melody. Let Him know, that until you can write your own, you will sing one that speaks for you. Let Hebrews 2:12 be your text verse for your song and singing. ...I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. The next time you attend church, sing according to this verse. For it is the basis of why we sing together in church, and in life. We are commanded to, a commandment which is easy to follow and always returns immediate benefits.

Until tomorrow, sing to Christ today.

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