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Unfeigned Melody

March 21, 2007

Psalm 42:8  “Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”

A song in the night. Not half-hearted singing of lyrics in an attempt to drum up comfort but the supernatural joy of the Lord that causes one to sing in the spirit and with the understanding also. A song of absdolute unconditional love for the Lord Jesus Christ that will abide in even the most traumatic of circumstances. A song that eminates not from trophies accumulated in this world but from having a close relationship with the very Creator of all that is. A song of salvation that is in the heart of all who once were lost and undone but are now washed in the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for us.

In the last few months, I have found that a majority of prayer time is spent in singing rather than talking. It’s not a planned change; it has just “happened.” I have no intention of changing it; preferring to just “go with it” as it is a blessing indeed. Many times its with melodies that almost seem to have no earthly counterpart. I think that song is an enhancement of that which is simply said. Not to downplay the importance o spoken words. We know that God “spoke” the worlds into being and the book of James is very adament about the importance of watching our words. But when we sing about something, it enhances our expression of feeling toward it. For example, you can say to your significant other (of the opposite sex; these days we have to clarify such things) “I love you” and it will have real meaning if spoken in sincerity. However if you serenade them with a love song, the experience will take on an even deeper, more personal meaning. (Either that or your significant other will wonder what you’re up to lol)

This is going to sound as though I’ve forgotten to take medication, but it’s very possible to pray for others in the form of singing. This sounds totally weird and I don’t even know how to describe it. In fact just reading it sounds “not ordinary” but it’s real and actually makes praying for others for an extended amount of time easier. If this sounds totally nutty, please tell me. (In fact, this paragraph may be removed prior to posting.) I guess a good parable might be a broadway musical. A moment of importance or intensity will often be amplified by the singing of a show stopping number. This musical rendition interrupts the flow of events and causes the audience to ponder for a few moments that which is being portrayed. It might be a happy moment or it may be a moment in which one is experiencing anguish or grief. Nonetheless, the moment is made to be not easily forgotten by those witnessing the performance.

A good example is that of praying for those who are outside of the household of faith. Such a prayer will have a much deeper urgency than praying for a parking place at the supermarket. (Although neither is wrong as were to be “careful for nothing”) Praying for my family or for the saints will oftentimes elevate into singing and oftentimes that in the spirit. Praying for a parking place will most likely not.

Primarily, music is a form of worship. We sing praises unto the Lord as we love him with all of our heart. At least this is supposed to be the case. Anyone can pay lip service, but only when we are born again and have a personal relationship with Jesus are we able to worship in spirit and in truth. When we think about our great salvation; that we were on our way to an eternity of torment where there’s no hope of any further visitations. Then one day, we came to understand that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God stepped out of eternity, went to an old rugged cross and paid for our sins with his own innocent blood. We repented of (true sorrow and turning from) our sin and accepted him as Savior and Lord. Our names were written down in glory and the angels rejoiced as another eternal soul was pulled from the flames. Last Sunday, we sang the old song “Power in the Blood.” It’s one of those songs that we could sing millions of times and it would never become old.

One of the most powerful examples of pure heartfelt worship was when Paul and Silas were in the Plilippian jail. The scene begins when a damsel with a spirit of divination is following Paul and Silas saying “these men are servants of God and show us the way to salvation.” This is a side point to this post, but it’s interesting that she is saying all the right words. Paul, however, is atuned to the reality of the situation. He casts out the spirit of divination and the damsels masters suddenly saw the arm of flesh fail them. They brought them to the authorities charged them with teaching unlawful things.

Acts 16:22 “Then the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.”

It’s always baffled me somewhat; that in those days when someone was furiously angry, they ripped their clothes off. I’m truly glad that such isn’t the case today.

Acts 16:3-24 “And when they laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, cast them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.”

He wasn’t taking any chances of these two escaping. Pauk and Silas were in the midst of very uncomfortable circumstances to put it mildly. In the natural, despair would have set in; especially when they hadn’t done anything to warrent imprisonment. In fact a soul had been delivered from a spirit of divination which is what led to this imprisonment and shackling.

Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”

Amen. God is still God. This wasn’t a “worked up; lets try singing” form of coping with a dire situation. It was a heartfelt love and worship of the Lord Jesus Christ who was about to work a mighty salvation. This salvation would very well not have taken place had the damsel with a spirit of divination not been troubling them. It’s amazing when the devils attempts to hinder to gospel backfire. (I need to speed this up)

Acts 16:26-27 “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyones bands were loosed.” And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.”

This is so amazing. They could have fled. Paul ans Silas could have been free and praised God for such a deliverance. But they stayed put and what happened next is eternally awesome. To shorten this post up, the jailer saw that everyone was put and he asked “what must I do to be saved. He and his house believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, they were baptized that night, and a great victory was won. Priceless souls which have been present with the Lord Jesus for two thousand years; all because Paul and Silas were singing at midnight.

I need to conclude for this morning. It’s a different topic; and yet not completely, but Phil has a very needful post on http://www.abmi.wordpress.com. The link in the blogroll will have to be used to get there because the “write” page is acting up and I haven’t reported it yet. Or it could be a problem with our computer.  “I cannot ping.” So I’ll close for now and leave with the following passage:

Revelation 15:2-4 “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”

There’s going to be a lot of singing in the eons to come. May we all look forward to being forever with the Lord Jesus, having songs upon out lips that will be forever new.

Greetings again.  The “write” page seems to be working again so I’ll try the link to Phils site. www.abmi.wordpress.com  “I CAN PING AGAIN!”  Pinging is to blogging what whipped topping is to ice cream.  The two most recent posts are needful and will attest to the hour that we find ourselves in. 

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8 comments

  1. timbob, I in no way find your discussion and description of singing your prayers and your prayers for others, in and before the Lord Jesus Christ, weird or out of line at all. In fact I think it wonderful and fantastic. It is heavenly, as of course such an act of prayerful singing is a opportunity in and of the Lord Jesus Christ. May more believers be open to such an opportunity to join with the Lord in His singing prayers, under the power of God the Holy Spirit.

    Great Post! Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  2. Wow, what a beautiful and inspiring post, timbob!

    Makes me want to get off my chair and go spend time worshipping the Lord! I can identify with you. We are to “sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord”, and if I don’t have a song in my heart, I know something isn’t right between me and my Lord!

    God is so good, and I love it when He puts those songs in our hearts, and His love comes bubbling up into our souls as we worship Him in spirit and in truth.

    Keep on singing! I can’t wait until our flesh is so totally gone in Heaven, where we can just all sing beautifully to Him in worship – it is going to be the most awesome time we will ever have known!

    Praise His name!
    Jen


  3. Timbob, if you are wierd than so am I, and probably a lot of people who read your blog 🙂 ! It is a wonderful way to pray; I love it when the Spirit brings me into this form of intercession, there is a sweetness and intimacy with the Lord; a powerful sense of His presence.

    Bless you, and thank the Lord He has faithfully brought you into such precious communion with Him! Praise the Lord Jesus for His goodness!!!

    Have a blessed day in Christ Jesus awesome and wonderful presence!

    Susan


  4. Greetings Phil. I have a few moments here. Thanks for commenting. I got a link to work; of course I’m at the plant as I was in Three Rivers and decided to come in early, so it may be a problem with our computer. I’m glad to know that I’m not just an oddball; at least within the household of blogger saints. I think the most amazing thing about prayer is the 24/7ness of it. I can be on a balancer at work and engage in spiritual warfare. That is when I don’t allow distractions to have their way. This will always be a battle so long as we dwell in vessels of clay. I look forward to the moment when this corruption puts on incorruption. To no longer have folks reminding me that I have to keep my feet on the ground. Thanks for commenting.


  5. Greetings Jen. Thanks for commenting. I also look for the moment when this mortality puts on immortality. It’s like when we were kids and summer vacation would be coming. It seemed to take forever, but I would always remind myself “it WILL get here.” Today it’s the same as we say with John the revelator “Even so come, Lord Jesus”
    The more that we ponder it the less we’ll be rattled by the trials of this present world. Thanks again for stopping by


  6. Greetings Susan. Amen to being weird. Thanks for helping me feel a little less “out there.” Of course if this world is “normal” than I would much prefer to be as” out there” as possible. I’ve been thinking while trying to catch up here, what it will be like when we’re surrounded by folks who love the Lord Jesus in spirit and in truth. Like the verse where it says (I’m paraphrasing) neither shall they say each man to his neighbor, Know the Lord, for all shall know him” That’s such a fascinating concept. No acting, no contentions, no wicked devices being forged. WOW! I pray that the Lord would add souls to the household of faith in these final moments; that they also could partake of this wonderful salvation.
    On a side note. After reading one of your previous post, I purchased the cd by casting crowns with the song “Does anybody Hear her.” It’s a truly powerful “eye opening” song. I dont normally make a point to get a hold of cds very often, but after reading the lyrics I sought this one out. Thanks for sharing it.
    Have a great afternoon in Christ. Also to Phil, Jen, and any who may stop by later. I have to get to my department in less than 2 minutes.


  7. Not unusual at all to sing your prayers. It feels more spontaneous and less routine or rote. Perhaps God sings prophetically over us all the time.

    Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”


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