The other day as I was sitting at home in the afternoon, having just put my 2-year old daughter down for her nap, I sat in my chair to catch up on my reading. Soon, I heard the wonderful sound of her little voice coming from her room, singing “Jesus Loves Me” over and over. It was a sweet sound to a proud father. Though most of the words were unintelligible, ‘Jesus’ and ‘me’ were crystal clear.
In Exodus 15, just after Moses led the Israelites through the Red Sea to the destruction of Pharaoh’s army, he and the people sang a song to the Lord. Verse 2 captures what I heard up in my daughter’s room, “The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” The Lord should be my song. He has done so much for me that my mouth and heart should be ever ready to praise Him and exalt His name. The Israelites burst out in song because they just experienced God’s salvation from the Egyptians through the Red Sea. The Lord has saved me from eternal damnation through His Son, Jesus Christ. How much more should the Lord be MY song?!? How woefully I fall short.
Psalm 34:1 explains well what I think it means for the Lord to be my song. “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Have you ever had a really bad song stuck in your head? I often have. I think that when the Lord is my song, it is a lot like that, stuck in my head. When the Lord is my song, I cannot help but praise His name, tell of His mighty works, and proclaim His salvation. This is what it looks like when the Lord is my song. It is “at all times” and “continually…in my mouth.”
In Philippians 4:4, Paul tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” I encourage you to cultivate a mindset where the Lord is your song. Turn off the radio in your car and memorize a psalm or listen to the wonderful treasure trove of hymns and songs that have been written through the ages. There are many great hymns filled with rich doctrine. One of my personal favorites is by William Cowper, “Light Shining Out of Darkness,” or better known as “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Here are the lyrics:
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
Here is a link to Jeremy Riddle’s recording of this classic for you to listen to at home or on your drive.