Sing

“I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness,” David expresses in Psalm 7:17, “and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High” (NASB).
After God parts the Red Sea, Moses responds with a song (Exodus 15). As Moses is preparing to ascend Mount Nebo to die, He admonishes the Israelites though a song (Deuteronomy 32). When the Israelites rout Sisera and the Canaanite army of king Jabin, Deborah and Barak compose a song (Judges 5).
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;” David exclaims in 2 Samuel 22:2-4 after being delivered from his enemies, “My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, Thou dost save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies.”
“Therefore I will give thanks to Thee, O LORD, among the nations,” He concludes in verse 50, “and I will sing praises to Thy name.” (He expresses the same sentiment in Psalm 18:3 and 49.)
David sings as the ark of God is placed in the tent he has prepared for it (1 Chronicles 16).
The word “sing” appears nearly 100 times in the New American Standard Bible. Not surprisingly, 67 of those occurrences are in the Psalms.
Isaiah 42 points to the Messiah. “Sing to the LORD a new song,” verse 10 counsels, “sing His praise from the end of the earth!”
“Therefore I will give praise to Thee among the Gentiles,” Paul quotes David in Romans 15:9, “and I will sing to Thy name.”
“I will proclaim Thy name to my brethren,” Hebrews 2:12 says in another quote from David, “in the midst of the congregation I will sing Thy praise.”
Jesus and His disciples sing as they proceed from the upper room to the Mount of Olives just prior to His arrest and crucifixion (Matthew 26:30). Paul and Silas sing as they sit in a prison cell at midnight (Acts 16:25).
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:15 that we need to sing with the spirit and with the mind. James 5:13 encourages us to sing when we are cheerful.
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation,” the Holy Spirit instructs in Ephesians 5:18-21, “but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,” Paul advises in Colossians 3:16 and 17, “with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Has God ever done anything for you? If so, you will want to glorify Him in song.

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