More than a Song: Week 1

Over the next 4 weeks, the Church (VCF) is covering a series called More than a Song, you can listen to the archives here as soon as it’s been delivered: Resources.

To our Victory Group, I share my personal reflection and may not be completely identical to how it was delivered. This weeks verses are extracted from Psalm 144,

Psalm 144:9-10

 

I will sing a new song to you, my God;     on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, 10 to the One who gives victory to kings,     who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword

Prayer: Lord, thank you. Thank you for the opportunity that we can reach other people with your word through technology. I pray for open minds and receptive heart. In Jesus name, Amen.

While it has been a challenge for me to wrapped my head around those two verses, I praised God that when I prayed for revelation, the idea popped in my head and was amazed of how much it has offered me personally. I hope it can minister to you as much as it did to me.

 

Before I go deeply into the two verses, allow me to put a summary of the entire Psalm 144 just so it will not get too much out of context:

 

Psalm 144(NIV)

Of David.

 

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,     who trains my hands for war,     my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress,     my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge,     who subdues peoples under me.

 

Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,     mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath;     their days are like a fleeting shadow.

 

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;     touch the mountains, so that they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;     shoot your arrows and rout them. Reach down your hand from on high;     deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters,     from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies,     whose right hands are deceitful.

 

I will sing a new song to you, my God;     on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, 10 to the One who gives victory to kings,     who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword11 deliver me;     rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies,     whose right hands are deceitful.

 

12 Then our sons in their youth     will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars     carved to adorn a palace. 13 Our barns will be filled     with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands,     by tens of thousands in our fields; 14     our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls,     no going into captivity,     no cry of distress in our streets. 15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;     blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Verse 1-2: David praises God for giving him ability, protection, and for the Love, and delivering him from enemies.

Verse 3-4: David humbles humans as lowly beings but has been cared for even with its limited life.

Verse 5-8: David prays for deliverance from the enemy with God’s overwhelming power.

Verse 9-11: David offered worship to God who grants victory, and because of that, He pleaded for his payer in Verse 8 to come to past.

Verse 12-15: and finally, to God’s people, will be a blessing of protection and multitudes of provision.

Now, to open the discussion on the featured verse, I’d open with a question — At any point in your life, have you sang a song to someone? (well, you might have if you are a singer by profession, and I was not referring to the Praise and Worship Services we have here on Thursdays too, or the one in the Sunday services for that regard). Or how about this, let’s jump to some hardcore traditional Filipino culture, do you remember ‘Harana’?
As I was going through this, I remember I was not a great singer then, well, still not am today. But I’ve competed in some on-the-spot poem making contest during my school days. And about 10 years ago, I wrote again, and it was because I met a beautiful, kind, gentle lady. I offered her the poem, I was not a musician; so even if I wanted it to be a song, I couldn’t… good for David, he’s probably one, being a king, probably had the best music teachers in the kingdom.
But going back, have you offered a song to someone? If I am to describe ‘Harana’, it’s going to be like this: “a public expression of love to a lady you adore so dearly, so much that you’ve enough confidence to express it with a love song and the sweet melody of a guitar”.

 

David, so loved God… It says here – beginning of verse 9 – “I will sing a new song to you, my God;”. Not only that he loves Him, he is deeply into his worship with Him. Why did I say so? Not only that he’ll sing for Him, says here “a new song”.  David was probably saying, God you are so special, I want to be original for you. Or, God, I greatly adore you, and I am not going to worship same as before. Or, Lord, I will honor you with new things, “a new song” if you may.
Now, what does that mean for you and me? Listen, our Love for God, must be in a level that we ought to offer new things for Him every time we worship. What do I mean by that? Take this for instance: Lord, I will not only attend the Thursday Praise and Worship, but I’d bring an acquaintance with me. Or how about this: Lord, I will not only attend the Sunday Service, but I’ll bring a new friend who doesn’t already know you. Or: Lord, I will not only give to Church today, I will also set out and volunteer my time to help in building homes for the homeless. “a new song” he said.

10 String, Lyre Harp

10 String, Lyre Harp

And then, David continued on – later part of verse 9 – “on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,” and here, I couldn’t even play a six-stringed guitar… what do I mean by that, not only that David offers a new song to God, he probably meant, Lord, this new song, I want it to have the ‘best melody’, I want it to be ‘pleasing’. AND I remember writing that poem that ‘it took several revisions so it would rhyme’, ‘good amount of effort to make it lovely’, ‘handful of erasures to make syllables match’. I’d do all sorts of things because it was a chance to please her.

Often times, we are so caught up at work, or school, or just by all kinds of things in our life that we’ve become stagnant in our worship with God. We become a routine, just getting by to go to church every Sunday, just getting by meeting new friends and not sharing the gospel, and I am not only talking about the things you do inside the church, remember, worship is everything we do for God, so it maybe ‘just getting by your daily work’, or ‘just getting by school with a passing grade’, I’m talking about ‘being excellent at work by which it will honor God, or ‘striving for best in school so it will bring glory to God’. Not only that we’ll worship God differently, but we’ll honor Him with our best.

 

Listen, you are not going to a ‘Harana’ without practice, not without the guitar tuned properly, not without your singing synchronize with the melody, and certainly not without giving your heart into it. Not only that, as I have mentioned earlier, ‘Harana’ is public declaration of love. Are you declaring your love for God in public? Are you not ashamed to face the crowd and show them your adoration for God?
Verse 10 – David says there to the One who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword,, he didn’t say “one of“, he said “the one“, he was certain that the Lord, our God, is in control, and the only one who will make things happen. Let me ask you, in times of trials, do you stand firm in God? Do you put your rest to Him? Are you in Faith that God is in control of what is happening in your life?
To close, David faced Goliath who was the champion of the Philistines. He faced him not on his own, but in believing that it is the Lord our God who grants victory and will deliver His people. And in spite of the trial He was going through, listen, if we read this through until some parts of verse 11, here’s what he says who delivers his servant David. From the deadly sword, deliver me, he was praying for deliverance, but look, in spite of that, as much as prayer, David was worshipping God. So here is my question: Are you, in times of trials, worship God as much as you pray for deliverance? and that is my prayer for us.
read it, love it, live it! God bless…
(and yes, for over 7 years now, I am married to the wonderful woman I referred to ;))

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