105. CAN SONGS OF PRAISE MOVE GOD TO INTERVENE?

(The Faith Forum Series – Batch 3)

If you know the excerpts of these two songs, then sing with me:

Song 1

  • Praise ye the Lord, for his mercy endureth forever and ever
  • Praise ye the Lord, for his mercy endureth forever and ever
  • Praise ye the Lord, for his mercy endureth forever and ever
  • Praise ye the Lord.

Song 2

  • You are good and your mercy is forever, hallelujah!
  • You are good and your mercy is forever, hallelujah!
  • You are the most High, you are the most High God!
  • You are the most High, you are the most High God!

These are two beautiful songs with similar words that we sing often. They seem simple and we have sung them casually for years in the Church but do you know, that these are songs with words derived from the Bible?

Do you know that historically, once these songs were sung from a genuine heart of complete faith and trust in the might of God and who he is, the Bible has proven (at least twice), that God intervenes POWERFULLY, no matter the situation?

Don’t believe me? Let’s examine the evidence.

Here is the first recorded instance when the words were sung:

WHEN KING SOLOMON HAD COMPLETED THE BUILDING OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.

  • “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and PRAISED THE LORD, saying, FOR HE IS GOOD; FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOR EVER: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” (2 Chronicles 5:13)
  • “And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and PRAISED THE LORD, saying, FOR HE IS GOOD; FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER.” (2 Chronicles 7:3)

Here is the second recorded instance when the words were sung:

WHEN JEHOSHAPHAT AND THE PEOPLE OF JUDAH WENT FORTH TO THE BATTLE AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES. THEIR ENEMIES HAD UNITED FORCES TO AGGRESSIVELY TRY TO DESTROY THEM BUT AFTER JEHOSHAPHAT HAD GATHERED ALL OF JUDAH TOGETHER AND PRAYED, THROUGH PROPHESY, GOD REVEALED THAT THE BATTLE WAS NOT THEIRS TO FIGHT BUT HIS.

  • “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when they had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, PRAISE YE THE LORD, FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOR EVER. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir, which were to come against Judah; and they were smitten…And when Judah came toward the watchtower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude and behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth and none escaped.” (2 Chronicles 20:20-24)

WOW! The verdict is in. Songs of praise sung genuinely from the hearts of God’s children and in full confidence in who he says he is (WHICH IS ALL POWERFUL), usually moves him to intervene, no matter the situation.

By the way, take a read of Psalm 136. You will find that in all of the 26 verses, David, who loved to sing praises to God and for whom God showed up, intervened and delivered from trouble on several occasions in his life, chose to deliberately end all 26 verses (which it is highly likely that he sung) with the same words: “…FOR HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER.”

Now in my case, a few years back, people probably thought I was losing my mind. I was singing so much during that season, that it overflowed and I filled my personal Facebook page with practically nothing but songs I had been singing and God’s Word I had been meditating on for months. I was singing more than I had ever sung before and looking back, it was because I perceived that I was under aggressive spiritual attack, calculated to make me lose my faith in Jesus and derail, distract, delay and discourage God’s plans and purposes for my life… But God!

The devil never gives up and always attacks God’s children but in that season in particular, he was relentless. Nevertheless, God spread out his arms of mercy and despite the attacks I faced, in his love, he surrounded me with SONGS OF DELIVERANCE.

As I said back then:

  • “Singing hymns and spiritual songs empowers me, enlarges and exalts my heavenly Father over and above everything and everyone and every circumstance and of course, it enrages the enemy. It is therefore a weapon that I strategically use in the spirit.”

David conveyed it best when he said of God in his own experience with him and of his awesome protection: “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; THOU SHALT COMPASS ME ABOUT WITH SONGS OF DELIVERANCE.” (Psalm 32:7)

(Written on 03rd July, 2018)

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