Have you ever attended a symphony performance in which the music so moved you that you felt like you were lifted right up out of your seat? Ok, maybe it’s not a symphony – maybe it’s listening to your favorite spiritual song in your vehicle with the volume cranked wayyyy up! You’re deeply impacted by it. Well, a personal relationship with the Lord is like that. The closer we get to Jesus the more we experience that kind of spiritual elation.
Of course, the word of God is in a category all by itself in that it is living and active and moves us to change our lives as we submit to Jesus as Lord and Savior. Music also has power – especially if it is a Christian song with a biblical message. Biblical words put to music have the power to move us deeply in our spirit.
God is described in many different ways in the bible. He is our Rock, Savior, King, Deliverer, Shepherd, Lord, Shield, Redeemer, and the list goes on and on and on. But did you know the bible also describes God as our “Song”? Psalm 118:14 says, “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation”. Isaiah 12:2 says, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”
After God delivers Israel from Pharaoh’s Egyptian bondage with plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, Moses and the Israelites sang a song to the Lord, praising Yahweh for His love and power to save them.
Read Exodus 15:1-18 and don’t miss Exodus 15:2:“The Lord is my strength and song”. Then listen to “Your Love Is a Song” by Switchfoot and have a musical day close to Jesus.
Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said,
“I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
“The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.
“The Lord is a warrior;
The Lord is His name.
“Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
“The deeps cover them;
They went down into the depths like a stone.
“Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
“And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.
“At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up,
The flowing waters stood up like a heap;
The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.
“The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be gratified against them;
I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’
“You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
“Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?
“You stretched out Your right hand,
The earth swallowed them.
“In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed;
In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.
“The peoples have heard, they tremble;
Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
“Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;
The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
“Terror and dread fall upon them;
By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone;
Until Your people pass over, O Lord,
Until the people pass over whom You have purchased.
“You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance,
The place, O Lord, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”