The Lord of Song

Exodus 15:2 tells us that God is:

  • “my strength”
  • “my salvation”
  • “my song”

Just as He provides strength and salvation, He also provides songs.

As such, songs are used in the Bible for:

  • praise and thanksgiving (Exod. 15; Psalm 100; 1 Cor. 14:15-16)
  • defeating our enemy (2 Chron. 20:21ff; Psalm 149 cf. Eph. 6:12)
  • promoting spiritual gifts (2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chron. 25:1; 1 Cor. 14:15-16)
  • teaching each other (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16) – the church has historically used songs and poetry to help people learn the Scripture
  • encouraging prayer (1 Cor. 14:15-16; Rev. 5:8-9)
  • rejoicing (James 5:13)
  • expressing romance and intimacy (Song of Songs 1:1ff – especially consider our romance and intimacy with Christ the King)
  • expressing great sadness and mourning (Psalm 88; Matt. 11:17)
  • what God does over us (Zeph. 3:17)
  • the multiple purposes the Psalms serve (which are a collection of songs)

Have you known the Lord as your strength? Your salvation? How about as your song?


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