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A Song of Redeemed

Why We Sing

turn to Revelation 5:9
Revelation 5:9 ESV

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

Introduction

Singing must again become an intrinsic part of the Christian

History of the Song

The first sacred music on record is found in Job 38:7
turn Bibles to Job 38:7
Job 38:7 ESV

when the morning stars sang together

and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

The earliest recorded singing by men appears in Ex. 15:1, when the people of Israel rejoiced over their salvation from Egypt.
Exodus 15:1 ESV

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD, saying,

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

Remarkable Facts About the Song

It brings refreshment, and drives away evil spirits, 1 Sam. 16:23
1 Samuel 16:23 ESV

And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.

It provides an atmosphere favorable to the ministry of the Word, 2 Ki. 3:15, 16
2 Kings 3:15 ESV

But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the LORD came upon him.

2 Kings 3:16 ESV

And he said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools.’

It helps to bring men to God, Psa. 40:1–3
Psalm 40:1–3 ESV

I waited patiently for the LORD;

he inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the LORD.

It contributes to the defeat of the enemy, 2 Chr. 20:21, 22.
2 Chronicles 20:21 ESV

And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say,

“Give thanks to the LORD,

for his steadfast love endures forever.”

2 Chronicles 20:22 ESV

And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.

It fills the house of God with glory, 2 Chr. 5:13, 14
2 Chronicles 5:13 ESV

and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD,

“For he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever,”

the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,

2 Chronicles 5:14 ESV

so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

The people of Israel lost their song while in captivity because of sin, Psa. 137:1–4
Psalm 137:1–4 ESV

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the LORD’s song

in a foreign land?

but recovered it again after they were restored to the land, Ezra 3:2, 11
Ezra 3:2 ESV

Then arose Jeshua the son of Jozadak, with his fellow priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel with his kinsmen, and they built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.

Ezra 3:11 ESV

And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD,

“For he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”

And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

The Secret of the Song

In the NT it is revealed that the secret of the song of the redeemed is found in the word of Christ dwelling in the heart, Col. 3:16
Colossians 3:16 ESV

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

It is one of the results of the filling of the Holy Spirit, Eph. 5:18, 19
Ephesians 5:18 ESV

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

Ephesians 5:19 ESV

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

The Subject of the Song

The new song of heaven begins on the earth. It is praise to the Lamb for having redeemed men to God by His blood out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation, Rev. 5:9.
Revelation 5:9 ESV

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

Conclusion

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