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A Song of Faith and Triumph

CJ Harris, Feb. 20, 2014
A Song of Faith and Triumph

Psalm 9:10

"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."

A Song of Faith and Triumph

In the previous post, we saw that God’s people sing. Throughout history, God’s work has inspired praise in His children. But why do they sing? God’s children sing because they know God’s character and His works, and they trust Him.

All praise is rooted in knowing God. The Bible often refers to God’s “name” as shorthand for all that God is known to be—His attributes, His actions, His names, His glory. To know God in this way requires time invested in a personal relationship with Him, learning about Him through His Word. Then the things we learn about God provide material for our praise.

Charles Wesley reflected on God’s love when he wrote, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” What great works of God must have inspired Isaac Watts to write “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.” And think of the first time you sang “Amazing Grace” after your salvation.  Each of these songs of praise is based on God’s character and His work.

But intellectual knowledge alone isn’t enough for genuine praise. Knowledge of God’s character requires a faith-filled trust in God. Martin Luther, while facing the threat of death from both the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire, penned “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” as a testimony of faith. A more recent hymn writer, Ron Hamilton, captured the heart of faith by writing,

I could not see through the shadows ahead,
So I look at the cross of my Savior instead.*

These two aspects—knowing God’s character and trusting Him—provide the foundation for all true Christian praise. They give us a melody to sing the songs of Zion and her King as we travel the road home.

Final Thought: What do you know about God that you can praise Him for today?

*“Rejoice in the Lord” Text © 1978, Ron Hamilton, Musical Ministries in Praises, administered by Majesty Music.

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