Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Septamber 19

The Reason for Singing

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will
rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over
thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

What a word is this! Jehovah God in the center of His people in all the
majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with
peace and hope. Treasures of boundless might are stored in our Jehovah,
and He dwells in His church; therefore may His people shout for joy.

We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work
of salvation. "He will save." He is always saving: He takes His name of
Jesus from it. Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.

Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same, He saves, He finds rest
in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even
finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful.
When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, "It is very
good"; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy
to be expressed in song. Think of it, and be astonished! Jehovah Jesus
sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love,
His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Thine immeasurable love to
us teach us to love Thee, to rejoice in Thee, and to sing unto Thee our

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