Monday, September 21, 2009
The Power of a New Song Part 4
"The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say:
"Praise the LORD of hosts,
For the LORD is good,
For His mercy endures forever"-
and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,' says the LORD. "
Jeremiah 33:11 (NKJV)
The final time we explicitly see David's new song being used by Israel in Scripture is when they return from captivity. Jeremiah prophecies that the Jewish captives in Babylon will return and joyfully sing this song. This is fulfilled in Ezra 3:11 where we see the new Temple has been rebuilt after the Jews return and on the dedication of the second Temple they sing this song:
"And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD:
"For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever toward Israel."
Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. "
Ezra 3:11 (NKJV)
Singing new songs to the Lord sets the captives free, especially ourselves! Recently in our Church Tuesday night prayer meeting we have been singing new songs and there are testimonies of many burdens simply lifting off people as they sing. Last Tuesday I led the congregation in a responsive singing of Psalm 136 and the Lord's presence was awesome and He was setting many captives free.
Open up Psalm 136 now and sing through it with all your heart. If you are with Christian friends you can sing or speak the first line as they responsively say or sing "For His mercy endures forever". This is powerful stuff! Try it!
Lord You are good
You've set us free
And as we sing
New life we see.
"Father, You are good and Your mercy and grace has delivered us from slavery to sin and the word. Praise You Lord that you have set this captive free. Let me sing forth this freedom so many others may be set free. Amen!"