There’s so much power in our praise. It’s the song of the Lord that can sustain us in the good times and the bad. It has a way of girding us up, providing us with both the strength and support we so desperately need.
Recently, I was reading a book on the origins and greatness of the old hymns called, “Then Sings my Soul,” by Robert J. Morgan. There was one story that caught my attention. It surrounds the song, “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” written in 1799. Years later, Rev. E.P. Scott, a missionary to India wrote this account as he was trying to reach a savage tribe in the area. Ignoring the warning of his friends, Scott set off into the dangerous region. Several days later he was met by a large party of warriors who surrounded him, pointing their spears at his heart. Expecting to die at any moment, Scott took out his violin, breathed a prayer, closed his eyes, and began to sing, “All Hail the Power in Jesus Name!” When he reached the words, “let every kindred, every tribe,” he opened his eyes. There stood the warriors, some in tears, and every spear lowered. Scott spent the next two years sharing his faith with his newfound friends. That’s what anointed songs do – they impact us, and they impact others.
But what happens when we lose our song …The other night Bruce and I were just settling in for a good night’s sleep when I began to sing out a medley of hymns. It started with “The Old Rugged Cross and moved right into “Rock of Ages”. As I began to sing, I said to my honey, “Sing with me, come on sing with me.”. And here is what he said. “my harp is hung on the willow tree.” Well, that got my attention. What does it mean to hang our harp on the willow tree? Could it mean that we are in a place of lament because life is not what it once was, and who knows when and how it will get better? It’s in those times we might not feel like singing to Him, but He never stops singing over us. Zeph. 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”
There are times in our life when it can be hard to lift our voice, but there is something that happens when we do. And when we do, we find ourselves lifted up and lifted out. We sing in times of triumph, and we sing in times of trial. We sing in our prison, and we sing in our palace. We sing when we’re happy, we sing when we’re free. Throughout history part of the journey, part of the story is the song. That is why God calls us to sing a new song…because He is calling us into a new place.
I can just imagine the children of Israel being released from all those years of bondage and starting on their journey out of Egypt… Oh, Happy Day!” To only realize the enemy was behind them and the Red Sea was before them. And then to have God do something so miraculous, so supernatural. To split the waters and make a way. And when it was all done…there was a song of victory in their hearts. It’s one of my favorite songs in scripture. It was the song I wanted played at my wedding. It was the song I would understand that nobody else would. It was the song of victory and deliverance… “I will sing unto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and rider fell into the sea. The Lord, my God, my strength, my song has now become my victory!”
My prayer for you today is that you will find your song, and then sing it with all your heart.