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The Reason For Joyful Singing

Psalm 93:1

You can suggest singing. You can even command it, as a choir director does when he gives orders to go back to do a line over to get it correctly sung. But you cannot make a sad person sing a joyful song. Singing expresses the condition of the heart. Singing is not merely making sounds with the vocal cords and lips. Sincere singing expresses what is in the heart. You have to have a reason in the heart to sing joyfully.

The psalmist had abundant reason, and therefore urges us to join him when in Psalm 98:1 he says, "O sing unto the Lord a new song; for He hath done marvelous things: His right hand and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory.''

What a reason that is for us to join him! Do I need to urge you to join with him in singing our Psalter versification:

    Unto God our Savior 
    Sing a joyful song;
    Wondrous are His doings, 
    For His arm is strong.
    He has wrought salvation, 
    He has made it known
    And before the nations 
    Is His justice shown.

Indeed, what a reason for singing! God's right hand and His holy arm has gotten Him the victory over sin and death! And that right hand and holy arm is His only begotten Son. He is now seated at God's right hand in our resurrected flesh. But in His person He is God, and the right and holy arm of God that saves us from sin and death.

What a wonder that salvation is, for we do not deserve it. In fact we deserve the opposite. What a wonder also, for His Son came to us by a virgin birth, and in that flesh brought an everlasting punishment to an end! The holy God dealt with an unholy people in most tender love and mercy!

Appreciate what He did for you. Thank Him for it. And sing a new song to Him in the season when we consider His Son's suffering for us. But also do that every day of the year. That salvation is a wonderful reason for singing His praises, and for singing joyfully.

Read Psalm 98 
Psalter versification: 262:1

Daily  Meditations
on the Heidelberg Catechism

Song for Meditation: Psalter #404
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Through the Bible in One Year
Read today:

Numbers 36 ; Deuteronomy 1:1-46 
Luke 5:29-39 ; Luke 6:1-11 
Psalm 66:1-20 
Proverbs 11:24-26 

Quote for Reflection:

… that no doubt may remain, he employs the word good pleasure, which expressly sets aside all merit. In adopting us, therefore, God does not inquire what we are, and is not reconciled to us by any personal worth. His single motive is the eternal good pleasure, by which he predestinated us. Why, then, are the sophists not ashamed to mingle with them other considerations, when Paul so strongly forbids us to look at anything else than the good pleasure of God. -- John Calvin

Last modified on 19 March 2014

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  • Date: 23-March