It is said – and I believe it – the human voice is the most beautiful instrument ever invented. No instrument, however skillfully played, can compare with the beauty of a trained human voice. When combined in chorus, there is no orchestra that can compete. What a wonderful thing it is that God has given us each a voice with which we may sing and praise Him! Praising God is one of the ways we can joyously and gloriously express our gratitude to him for all has has done for us.
What is even more wonderful is that God rejoices and sings over us with joyful songs! Please, before reading any further, watch this video by Keith Lancaster. (Be sure to click “back” to return here).
“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
What might the joyful songs the Lord our God sings over us sound like? There are hints throughout the Bible of what his songs might be like. In the book of Job, after all the “consolation”(?) of his friends and after Job has wearied of answering them, he challenged God to appear before him so he could lay out his arguments before him. When God eventually does speak to Job he bombards him with questions Job couldn’t possibly know the answers to. One of the things God asked him was where was he when all things were created …
“… when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7
Here is a beautiful song that reminds us of that first morning …
The creation is as a grand musical composition – an oratorio – eloquently declaring the glory of the Creator.
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.” (Psa. 19:1-4)
Here’s another song that speaks of the glorious creation and how it “sings” the praise of the Creator.
It was rightly said by Elihu, one of Job’s friends that God gives “songs in the night” to even those who are crying out in oppression …
But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,
who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’ (Job 35:10).
Indeed, we were made to sing …
To further explore this idea musically, enjoy the following selection.
To read more on the subject of singing go to this article: “Oh, The Things We May Do.”