Singing in Victory

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Sun, Feb 10, 2019

Teacher: Amanda Dunn Series: Worship Through the Psalms Scripture: Psalm 98

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Worship Through the Psalms

SINGING IN VICTORY: PSALM 98


Why Sing?

  • Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
    His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
    • Exodus 15:1-2
      I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
          The horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea
      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.
    • "Music is a weapon of spiritual warfare. And the devil hates it when we sing. He hates our music because our singing rouses our souls, gives us courage, lifts our hearts, restores our faith, builds our confidence, unites our voices, and lifts up the name of the Lord like a mighty banner." –Ray Pritchard, Keep Believing Ministries
    • 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
      "After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army saying, 'Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.' As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated."
    • Singing is a command of God
    • We sing to celebrate what God has done!
    • We sing because of salvation and victory over the enemy!
  • The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations
    • God created us to have a relationship with him
    • We all mess that up by sinning (Romans 3:23)
    • Because of our sin, we deserve death and eternal separation from God, because God cannot dwell where there is sin (Romans 6:23)
    • Because God loves us so much, he pays the price for our sin through Jesus death on the cross and resurrection 3 days later. Jesus defeated death for all (Romans 5:8)
    • The only way to God is through Jesus (John 14:6)
    • I you accept this free gift of salvation, you get eternal life with God in heaven (Romans 10:9)
    • We sing because the God of the universe has made his salvation and his person known to us, corporately and personally
      • He has remembered his love and faithfulness to Israel
        All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
    • 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 
      "When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying ‘He is good; his love endured forever.’”
    • We sing because God gives earthly victories
      • So the people had a festival to worship all of God’s victories in Israel, then:
      • 2 Chronicles 7:10
        “On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent his people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel."
    • We sing because salvation is for everyone, and it is spreading!
      • And God wants to use us, as imperfect as we are, to spread his word and bring salvation to the world!
      • Matthew 28:18-20
        “The Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"

 

What Is Our Response?

  • SING!
  • Shout for joy (Make a joyful noise) to the Lord, all the earth;
    burst into jubilant song with music!
    • Judges 4-5 (Deborah and Barak, after freedom from their oppressors)
    • 1 Samuel 2:1-10 (Hannah, after God gives her Samuel)
    • 2 Samuel 22 (David’s Song of Deliverance)
    • Isaiah 38 (King Hezekiah, after being healed from sickness)
    • Luke 1:46-55 (Mary’s song)
    • Acts 3 (Lame beggar, after being healed by Peter through the Holy Spirit)
    • We see several examples in the Bible of people seeing God’s victory and bursting out into song:
  • Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing!
  • We sing with instruments, without instruments, however we can
  • With trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn
    shout for joy (make a joyful noise) before the Lord, the King!
  • Our songs to God are powerful, too!
  • Joshua 6:16, 20
    16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 20When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

 

What Is Creation’s Response?

  • Let the sea resound, and everything in it;
    the world and all those who live in it!
  • Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains sing together for joy

 

What’s Next?

  • Let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
    He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
  • Even all of this praise-our singing, our rejoicing, our joyful noises, and all of the worship of all of creation-are only a tiny glimpse of what’s next
    • Rev 21:11, 22-23
      11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
    • Revelation 7:9-10
      9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
      “Salvation belongs to our God,
      who sits on the throne,
      and to the Lamb.”
    • If you confess Christ as Lord, this is your future. Whether it is by death on earth or the coming of Christ, this is your future.
    • THAT is victory worth singing about.

Connection Card

  1. I will intentionally look for God’s victories daily.
  2. I will choose to sing to God in victory regardless of where I am personally.
  3. I want to talk with someone about the victory of God more.

 

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