In Scripture, only the redeemed, sing. The songs that are sung, tell of the wonderful works of the Lord.
Psalm 9:1 “I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvelous works.”
Psalm 118:14 “The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”
The first song that is recorded, is in Exodus 15. The children of Israel have crossed the Red Sea, dry shod….with their enemies in pursuit….
…and they have seen their enemies, drowned…when they tried to cross after them. So they sing….
Exodus 15:1, 13 “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth the people which Thou hast redeemed: Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation.”
There was no singing through most of the wilderness wanderings….until the very end:
Israel sang a song for a spring to bubble up for them at the end of their wilderness wanderings (Numbers 21:17-18.)
The princes digged with their staves…not the usual means for well digging…..and not the usual well diggers….but it was God’s Way….and it was blessed….and all Israel stood around and sang.
(Right before they left the wilderness, and Joshua took them into the Promised Land…….Moses spoke to them a song to keep them in remembrance of Who God was, but he did not sing it.
They were to teach themselves and their children this song….but you never hear of it….until the end, when the song of Moses will be sung by the Tribulation martyrs….Deuteronomy 32:4, Revelation 15:3-4)
You do not hear of them singing again….until….Judges 5, where Deborah and Barak sang after a wonderful victory over the Canaanites.
Judges 5:2-3 “Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.”
Again, no singing, until David…the sweet singer of Israel.
His psalms are wonderful and instructive….and were the basis of the songs sung in the Tabernacle and the Temple, which he set up,….for instruction, witness and beauty.
Judah sang again under the godly king, Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:20-22). As they went into battle, as they sang, the Lord worked for them….giving them victory over their enemies.
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 “….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 the Lord; for HIs mercy endureth forever.
And when they began to sing, and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against….which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
Hezekiah and Josiah (2 Chronicles 35:15) had the Passover….where singers were present…singing unto the Lord.
2 Chronicles 30:21 “And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priest praised the Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord.”
Isaiah sang several songs to Israel….to open their eyes to the Lord’s Words….Isaiah 5…a song to His vineyard, Israel, which brought forth “wild grapes” and not fruit for Him…
Isaiah 12…a song that was sung in the feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus stood and cried, If any man thirst come unto Me and drink. [John 7:37]…
……and prophesies of their song in the last times Isaiah 26…Isaiah 30:29, Isaiah 42:10….pretty amazing, really! Especially at such a time in their history!
Jeremiah’s song of Lamentations is sad, beautiful and prophetic to a nation whose last godly king just died. (2 Chronicles 35:25)
Lamentations 1:1, 4:1, 3:21-23 “How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow!….
How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out into the top of every street.
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”
But the other songs in Scripture are personal. David and his personal songs of praise, and confession.
And Solomon….who had written 1005 songs.
In the New Testament, we are called to:
Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord:”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
“To the Lord”. Let everything that hath breath….praise the Lord. ( Psalm 150:6)
I was exercised not too long ago about how many times I petition the Lord…yet do not give thanks. I thank Him when I receive the blessing….but when I pray, I am concerned that He hears and answers.
Now I hardly every pray, without also thanking Him for hearing me,….for the answer that will come (His will done)…..and for all He has already done.
But let us, who have experienced so much goodness and mercy at His hand, praise Him most….and praise Him often.
At the last day….when all the saints are gathered before His throne….there will be a song (how could there not be!)….
Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongues and people, and nation;…”
And for all those that had gotten the victory over the beast…they will sing!
Revelation 15:3 “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints.”
Let us add our voices,…now, to His praise and glory.
Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.”