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The Song of the Lord


									Singing the Song of
     the Lord

    GateWay Church
     January 2009
     Barbara Todd
 A place for the King
“The living God dwells where His
  people worship, and life happens
  where He dwells. It is my conviction
  therefore, that the life-flow of a
  congregation will only rise as high as
  their worship of the Godhead…… His
  power and glory are released through
  worship, capacitating us for the
  establishing of His kingdom on Earth
  ” Jack Hayford - “Manifest Presence”
Worship is not just about singing.
• It is about giving God His due and
    acknowledging who He is. It is about
    presenting ourselves as “living sacrifices”
    to Him.
•   It results in …..
-   the formation of hearts in His presence;
-   the shaping of disciples who know Him
    through being with Him;
-   the transforming and directing of the Holy
-   preparation for the battle and
-   the opening up of a doorway to His power,
    allowing God to work in the world.
 Singing the Song of the
• What the Bible has to say about
  singing - God, creation, God’s people
• Words for song in the Bible
• How we could sing the “song of the
  Lord” today
• What God has said to us, GateWay
Who sings?

• God Himself
• The heavens/the angels
• Creation itself [rocks and
  stones, trees of the fields,
  mountains and hills etc]
• God’s people
God Himself sings
• Zeph 3:14-17 “The Lord your God in the midst
  of you is mighty…..He will rejoice over you
  with gladness, He will quiet you with His love;
  He will rejoice over You with singing.”
• Ps 42: 6-8 “The Lord will command His loving-
  kindness in the daytime, and in the night, His
  song shall be with me - a prayer to the God of
  my life.”
• Ps 32: 6-7 “You shall preserve me from
  trouble. You shall surround me with songs of
• Ps 68: 6 “God sets the lonely in families; He
  leads forth the prisoners with singing”
Singing in heaven
• Psalm 148:2 “Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His
    heavenly hosts.”
•   Luke 2:13/14 “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host
    appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in
    the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favour rests.”
•   Rev 5:9 “And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the
    scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your
    blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language
    and people and nation.”
•   Rev 7:10-12 “They fell down on their faces before the throne and
    worshiped God saying…”
•   Rev 14:13 “And they sang a new song before the throne and
    before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn
    the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the
•   Rev 15:3 “and they sang the song of Moses the servant of God and
    the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord
    God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages”..”
    Creation sings
• Isaiah 14:17 “All the lands are at rest and at peace; they
    break into singing.”
•   Isaiah 55:12 “..the mountains and hills will burst into song
    before you, and the trees of the fields will clap their hands.”
•   Isaiah 44:23 “sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has
    done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song,
    you mountains, you forests and all your trees…”
•   Isaiah 49:13 “Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth;
    burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his
    people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones.”
•   Isaiah 52:9 “Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of
•   Psalm 96:12 “ let the fields be jubilant, and everything in
    them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.”
•   Psalm 98:8 “Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the
    mountains sing together for joy.”
God’s people sing - in the Old
• Isaiah 54:1 “Sing oh barren women…break forth into singing and
    cry aloud..”
•   Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart
    trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will
    give thanks to Him in song.”
•   Psalm 33:3 “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for
•   Psalm 107:22 “Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His
    works with songs of joy.”
•   Psalm 118:14 “The LORD is my strength and my song; He has
    become my salvation.”
•   Psalm 119:54 “Your decrees are the theme of my song, wherever I
•   Psalm 126:5/6 “ Those who sew in tears shall reap in songs of
    joy…their mouths were filled with laughter and singing”
•   Judges 5:11 “the voice of the singers at the watering places. They
    recite the righteous acts of the LORD, the righteous acts of His
    warriors in Israel.”
Words for sing/singing/song in
the Old Testament - 1
• rinnah/rannan - a joyful cry of triumph/corporate song eg
    Zeph 3:14 “Sing, O Daughter of Zion, shout aloud, O
    Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart”.
•   gil - rejoice with singing/to turn and spin around in
    circles/a radical expression of joy eg Zeph 3:17 “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."
•   shir - most commonly used word for “the song of the Lord”
•   Ps 42:8 “By day the LORD directs his love, at night his
    song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life”. Num
    21: 17 “Then Israel sang this song:Spring up, O well!
    Sing about it”
•   ron - song of deliverance/not quiet - a song of triumph and
    freedom eg Ps 32:7 “You are my hiding place;you will
    protect me from trouble and surround me with songs
    of deliverance”.
Words for sing/singing/song in
the Old Testament - 2
• anah - a song of thanksgiving eg Ps 147:7
  “sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
  make music to our God on the harp”/Ex
  15/Hosea 2: 14-15/Ezra 3: 10-11
• shir chadash - a new/recent song - with a
  vital prophetic dimension eg Ps 33:3 “Sing
  to him a new song, play skillfully, and
  shout for joy”, 40:3 “He put a new song
  in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our
  God”, 96:1, 144: 9, 149:1
• massa - something to be carried/a burden/ a
  prophecy eg I Chron 15:27 - when carrying
  the Ark - ”Kenaniah, who was in charge of
  the singing of the choirs”
God’s people sing - in the New
Testament - 1
• Acts 16:23-28 ” About midnight Paul and Silas
  were praying and singing hymns to God, and
  the other prisoners were listening to them.”
• Col 3:16 “teaching and admonishing one
  another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,
  singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
• Eph 5:18-19“Be filled with the Spirit,
  speaking to one another in psalms, hymns
  and spiritual songs, making melody in your
  heart to the Lord.”
• 1Cor 14:15 “I will pray with my spirit, but I
  will also pray with my mind; I will sing with
  my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.”
Song in the New Testament
• James 5: 13 “Is any one of you in
  trouble? He should pray. Is anyone
  happy? Let him sing songs of praise.”
• Rev 5:13 “Then I heard every creature
  in heaven and on earth and under the
  earth and on the sea, and all that is in
  them, singing: "To Him who sits on the
  throne and to the Lamb, be praise and
  honor and glory and power, for ever
  and ever!"
We can sing psalms, hymns
and spiritual songs
In some ways difficult to distinguish…
• Psalm - a poem set to music, often
• Hymn - a previously recorded/written
  song which describes and celebrates
  the past victories of God
• Spiritual song - generally spontaneous,
  including singing in tongues and
  singing interpretations of tongues
We can prophesy in song
As with anything prophetic….
• it must find its foundation in scripture;
• it must exhort, encourage or comfort;
• its intention must be to ultimately bring
• it should encourage upright living;
• it must come from pure motives/be free
  from deceit and
• it can direct and/or instruct.
Our singing could be spiritual
• because Satan doesn’t like us to worship God
  as he would rather that we worshipped him;
• when we are completely focused on God and
  away from ourselves;
• when we are exalting and praising God and
• when we are seeking to push back the
  darkness eg
- when we when are seeking God’s intervention
  in our lives and in the world and
- when we are asking God to open blind eyes
  and set captives free etc.
We can sing to wells
“Then Israel sang this song, spring up oh well; sing
  ye into it. The princes dug the well” Num 21:16-
They sang to the well because
• the lawgiver, probably Moses, directed them to;
• it was custom, representing a spiritual principle,
  to sing a song designed to release the waters in a
  new well or to unblock the flow of an old one and
• there were prophetic implications - they would
  break through by singing.
We can sing to ask God to release things/situations,
  to seek breakthrough and to ask for the flow of
  the Holy Spirit/Jesus as Living Water in our
 What has God said to GateWay about
• Our name - GateWay - a place for Jesus to meet with
•   We would be a church with a strong emphasis on
    worship and prophecy [Hugh Osgood, Edward Adegbo,
    Graham Geddis] - a place where God speaks
•   We should /focus on God and seek God’s manifest
    presence amongst us - a place where we seek Jesus
    and He is central to all we do and are
•   Jacob’s ladder [Hugh Osgood, John Presdee] - a place
    where Heaven meets Earth
•   Worshippers going out in front of the army - 2 Chron
    20, Jehoshaphat [Graham Geddis, Faith Forster] - a
    place where worship is warfare
•   We should unblock the wells [Alison C, John G]
•   Singing songs of deliverance over people/situations
    [men in hats - Adrian] - a place where captives are set
We can sing songs of
• God Himself eg Ps 32: 6-7 “You shall preserve
  me from trouble. You shall surround me with
  songs of deliverance.” Psalm 118:14 “The
  LORD is my strength and my song; He has
  become my salvation.”

• God’s people did it eg Exodus 15 “Then
  Moses and the Israelites sang this song
  to the LORD:"I will sing to the LORD, for
  He is highly exalted.The horse and its
  rider He has hurled into the sea.The
  LORD is my strength and my song; He
  has become my salvation”.
How could we sing songs of
It’s not really clear from the Bible. But…
• we should always be directed and motivated by
   the Holy Spirit;
• we should exalt and magnify the Lord [a good
   place to start];
• we should seek the Lord’s intervention in, or will
   for, the person or situation;
• we should not be ignorant of the enemy’s devices,
   intention to thwart God’s plans, or hit back at us
   and so
• we should ensure that we seek the Lord’s
• we should persist and not give up and
• wait patiently for the Lord.

• Jack Hayford - Manifest Presence
• C.S. Lewis - The Magician’s Nephew
• Bob Scorge - Exploring Worship
• J.R.R. Tolkein - The Silamarillion
• Tamara Winslow - The Song of the

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