We Sing For A Reason

“Then sang Deb’o-rah and Ba’rak the son of A-bin’o-am
on that day, saying,
Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the
people willingly offered themselves.”   Judges 5:1-2.

In Western culture there are at least three reasons why we burst out in singing. Every person who sings seldom hums without some recall of the words or a tune which arises in our spirit or soul. This causes us to make a sound, which most of the time is accompanied by words.

There are many reasons why singing is so important to us individually. The tones and the voice will copy what we face eventually. Joy over an event may be very important. There are many never-ending reasons to sing a joyful sound. Generally, we feel overpowered by a deep emotion that just happened or that has concluded.

Some song writers can capture this deep feeling. Have you noticed that on certain holidays we tend to sing certain songs? For example, on Independence Day, birthdays, (by our families to us), and at Christmas. These are all indications of joy.

Our remorse may be caught up in certain tones and words which express remorse. In a church service, it’s the beat of a bass sound and slow music. When you watch the funeral of a military member, the drum beat is always heard and in recent years the use of the bag pipe produces what we consider necessary for death to be portrayed with sound. Seldom are words of death uttered.

Acting out a part which may come from a play or a fictitious figure. If you have ever seen the Wizard of Oz music, this is an example which we copy. It is something that is sung decades later. There was a vaudeville personality who sang, “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”. It invigorates us to sing these words.

There is a third group which has been shuttled to the back of most churches. It is the hymn. These words and tunes come from such varied backgrounds. In some cases, the songs are in poetry others moments these are phrases from a historical view great singing and great preaching came at the same time. When there has been a major event, then the same social songs come also.

The Protestant Reformation movement was an example. This was true when Luther and Calvin were speaking. The Wesley’s in the eighteenth century is another example. Those who lived when Billy Graham was on the move had to be impressed by the gospel hymns heard and sung at his crusades, all over the world. Never be ashamed to sing about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Other groups who say they are religious are known for their singing. Have you ever heard a song by the demonic muslims praising the evil muhammad or any of his followers who are killers?

The muslims & the eastern religions always have a chant.

 

JESUS SANG

We know in the old Testament songs were generally sung over some military victory. It was not always by a male. In Exodus 15:1 Moses sang:

“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this sing
unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the
Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and
his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”

It was Miriam, the sister of Moses, in Exodus 15:21 who commanded the slaves should sing out.

“And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord,
for He hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his
rider hath he thrown into the sea.”

Another place in the Old Testament where songs are listed comes from a very popular combination and collection of songs. We call this book Psalms. Even today these are quoted and used to uphold our Christian faith. There are 150 powerful Psalms listed. Books have been written about many of these thoughts. The most popular one is Psalm 23. It has been set to music by every key generation.

Even though Psalm 23 was written in another language – the translation from Hebrew to English is awe inspiring. Here are the first few lines.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.”

 

SONG OF VICTORY

The man Barak joined with Deborah and composed a song of praise to God. The man Sisera, who commanded 900 chariots – which would be like 900 military vehicles and tanks assembled to destroy Israel. They met with THE resistance from God. The Lord lead two weak humans, Deborah and Barak, to victory.

The entire chapter of Judges is a song of victory and obviously much joy. Those who were around Israel had to have been told of this circumstance. Judges 5:3-4 states this fact.
“Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I,
will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord
God of Israel
Lord, when thou wentest out of Se’ir, when thou
marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth
trembled, and the heavens dropped water.”

Then the elements knew what had happened according to Judges 5:5.

“The mountains melted from before the Lord, even
that Si’nai from before the Lord God of Israel.”


Israel had changed from worshiping God to false ways, and Judges 5:7-11 states what took place.

“The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased
in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a
mother in Israel.
They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was
there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in
Israel?”

“My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered
Themselves willingly among the people
Bless ye the Lord.
Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment,
And walk by the way.”

“They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the
places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the
righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts of
toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: the shal
the people of the Lord go down to the gates.”

The song tells us that it was first Deborah who saw the situation clearly. Judges 5:12 sets up the event.

“Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song:
arise, Barak and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of
A-bin’o-am.”

There was a response from the tribes. In verses Judges 5:15-19 seems to say the troops were brought together to destroy Sisera and his army.
“And the princes of Is’sa-char were with Deborah; even
Is’sa-char, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the
valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great
thoughts of the heart
Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the
bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben
there were great searchings of heart.
Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain
in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode
in his breaches.

Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded
their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.
The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of
Canaan in Ta’a-nach by the waters of Me-gid’do:
they took no gain of money.”

None of these could have won without Israel being present. It was Deborah and Barak who the victory belonged. God moved through these two.

Certain people have no intention of ever being of help to God’s work. This is a tragedy; but it is true. It is mentioned such in Judges 5:23.

“Curse ye Me’roz, said the angel of the Lord,
curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because
they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help
of the Lord against the mighty.”

This is no way for us to know what this group of people did to Israel. It has been estimated that during the American Revolution with Great Britain that only about one third of our population were in favor of the Revolution. One third of the Colonists’ remained loyal to Great Britain and the final one third cared less for either side. These people want the benefits but never the sacrifice which goes with it.
It seems that the 80/20 Rule applied even back then. Many could have helped – but did not! It was then that an angel cursed these people. We do not know how these people faired later. Knowing how God passes judgment; then probably these people are no more.


SONG CHANGES

Sisera was disabled in his chariot, so he ran from the conflict on foot. Here again – a woman changed history.

Evil always seeks to hide from the truth or God’s Judgment. Sisera was exhausted from battle so he ate and he slept. It was then death came quickly. as Deborah drove a tent peg into his temple which meant he died very quickly. One blow killed Sisera. Judgment was done here. This man was deserving of death. Judges 5:25-26 informs the readers of this.

“He asked water, and she gave him milk; she
brought forth butter in a lordly dish
She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand
to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hamme
she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when
she had pierced and stricken through his temples.”

 

All of this was sung by Deborah and Barak. It had to be a time of Joy. Victory over the evil Sisera.

There was specific prayer by Deborah and Barak that all enemies of God be destroyed. This makes sense. This can only happen when righteous men stand with God and his word. The song concludes with Judges 5:31.

“So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord: but let them
that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his
might. And the land had rest forty years.”

We should utter these words again and again – TODAY, during these stressful times.

 

OUR MODERN SONGS

In the last ten years, the singing in Christian churches has changed. One obvious word movement is the lack of a sincere story. The poetry is gone. Harmony is no more. There is often less than a dozen words used by the singers. Even the Grand Old Oprey vocalists have greater command of the English language. There is a verse over and over in the same range and always it is loud to louder.
This type of singing, if it can be called, “singing”, cannot have the emotional impact – as, when we hear “Jesus As I Am” or “Blessed Assurance”. This kind of garbage was brought about from Bible liberals who do not believe the inspired Word. These idiots believe that to be successful is to copy worldly ways. It has a name – in evil. My wife and I went to a church where the guitar player never moved his left hand. He was loud & he sang louder It was more like he was yelling, really.

 

CONCLUSION

Until the song writers in the church – PEN the thoughts of the New Testament; then, join with me and laugh at these demonic sons and daughters of Satan. God expects us to obey His words. Do not be influenced by the garbage songs of the people who proclaim to be Christian. They are simple naïve people.

Songs should have a basic Godly Christian center. No one should EVER think songs have no meaning.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

MORE LIKE THE MASTER

“More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.

Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now implore,
Wash me and keep me Thine forevermore.

More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in,
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.

More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self-denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be.”

 

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
DiggingOldWells.com
July 3, 2016

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