March 2014

Why Singing Matters

Though often treated as an optional activity for God’s people, singing is a gift from God to help us know Him better and proclaim His glory in the world. We will look at why singing really does matter in the life of God’s people, ultimately through the Savior whose voice was temporarily silenced so that our voices never would be again.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do in the Christian life is to be still and trust that God knows what He’s doing and will deliver us by grace. The Israelites learned that lesson by the shores of the Red Sea and we learn it every day through the challenges we face. But God is faithful to His promise to deliver us from all our foes, even sin and death, through the One who was still for us on the cross.

A Fearful Thanksgiving

Through his experience of God’s gracious deliverance from the Philistines, David learned a life lesson that thanksgiving that is truly biblical is more than just a verbal acknowledgement of God’s goodness on our behalf.

Parents get into trouble when they think their kids exist for mom and dad’s satisfaction and glory. Kids get into trouble when they think they exist for their own satisfaction and glory. When both of these things happen at once intense conflict can result, but God shows us that we were meant to live neither for our parent’s glory nor for our own glory, but for the glory of the One who redeemed us by grace and has set us apart for Himself through the blood of His Son.

God used the plague on the firstborn to bring both the Egyptians and the Israelites to a place of unconditional surrender. For Pharaoh and his officials it was a defiant surrender unto judgment. For God’s covenant people it was a helpless surrender unto grace as they received the mercy of His deliverance through the blood of the Lamb. Such mercy is available to all who look to Christ, the ultimate Passover Lamb of God.