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JOYFUL SINGING WITNESSES – September 2

In this day and age it is hard to escape the songs of the world. Radios blare in stores, offices, and factories. One cannot listen to the news without a product being adver¬tised by means of singing to praise it.

The word of God, however, exhorts us otherwise. There we read: “Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods” Psalm 96:3, 4.

The wonders for which He is to be praised, as the psalmist pointed out in the preceding verses, are the works of salvation in Christ. Indeed there is no more wonderful work, no miracle like the work of God when He saved us by a virgin birth, an accursed death, and a glorious resurrection of His own Son. What a miracle to make dead sinners alive with the glory of Christ—as holy as He is, and with heavenly beauty and glory!

Do we really need to be exhorted then to praise Him and to sing His praises before the world? The joy of that salvation ought to impel us to singing songs of His praise so that we just cannot keep still.

Our versification presents it that way in these words:

Tell of His wondrous works, tell of His glory,
Till through the nations His name is revered;
Praise and exalt Him, for He is almighty,
God over all let the Lord be feared.

This brings to us an awesome calling and reason for soul-searching. What songs do the unbelievers hear you sing? Are they the songs of the world that deny that He is above all the gods of man’s imagination? Are you a joyful witness of His power and wonder-working grace? Are you eager to have Him praised by all men, and want them all to confess that He alone is God?

Keep the songs of the devil out of your home, and let your lips sing God’s praises before all men. Be a joyful witness in this vale of tears and sorrows. We have reason to sing and ought to give the world this reason, and show them the folly and sin in their singing.

Read: Psalm 145

Psalter versification: 259:2

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Sep 2, 2016

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