The Lord- My Everlasting Song

“The Lord My Ever-Lasting Song”  Ps. 118:1-4, 13-14; 89:1   11/14/15 Choir Appreciation

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There are some songs that we cannot get over quick enough.  But there are some songs I could listen to over and over and over again.  Some abstract music I have listened to sounds like cats howling and fingernails scraping- and I cannot wait til that music, that sounds like noise, stops.  But our ears were designed to hear the song of heaven.  The song the angels sing- will not grow old to those who love the Lord of the angels.  All creation is invited to stop groaning and start praising.  You have the opportunity today to change your groaning into praising by your focus and by turning to God in focus, love, and praise . Exodus 15:2, Isaiah 12, and Psalm 118 say “The Lord is my strength and my song.”  Some translate this as “the Lord is my strength and my defense.”  But I believe strongly that we need to change this translation according to the Hebrew.  The word in Hebrew is zimrath, which refers to using musical instruments and voices to praise the name of the Lord.  It occurs first when Miriam sang a song of victory over the Red Sea closing up over the Egyptians.  The focus is not on our safety and defense, but on God who is worthy of praise and song.  It is not that God has helped us and defended us as much as it is that He is worthy of our singing- our source of joy and hope.  In our day when people are living in fear of terrorism, in fear of racial divides, in fear of economic debt looming over our heads, in fear of interest rates rising, in fear of climate change, in fear of bird flu, in fear of the Republicans or the Democrats winning, or whatever it is… we need to remember God does not just keep us safe- God is far more than that.  Even if we are not kept “safe” as we define it- God is- He absolutely is our source of joy and song.  Whether we have a lot of stuff or little stuff; whether we have things work out the way we planned or not- God is our song- and He is ALWAYS worth singing about- and always worthy of our worship.  In good times we look to Him in joy.  In sad times we look to Him for help and strength.  So David sang to King Saul and cheered him.  He is always worthy- He is always the song that keeps on singing.         Many of our songs remind us of that.  “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” says, “We’ll join the ever lasting song and crown Him Lord of all!”  He is Lord over our good times and bad- and there is always a song in our hearts.  So Paul can say in prison “Give thanks in all circumstances.”  So while recovering from a flood, or facing the fear of terrorists, we do not stop focusing on God.  God is good all the time– all the time God is good.  Death and evil does not win in the end- we have a song to sing.  A new song that has become a favorite of mine asks, “No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.  Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”  “What Wondrous Love is This” is an old American southern hymn that says “To God and to the Lamb I will sing I will sing- while millions join the theme I will sing!  And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.”    The song of salvation- the song that God cares about His people is a song we will sing now- and even in heaven.  Today- we celebrate that the song of previous generations- the song of salvation and praise to God—is ours still to sing.  We celebrate that we can bring back those who led us in song in the past and remember He is still worthy of praise now.  He is worthy of praise in past generations, present generations, future generations- and through eternity.  The Lord is indeed our strength and our song- our ever-lasting song!