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Wednesday, December 24 2014

Psalm 33: Singing In History And Prophecy

"They sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation"

The English word "sing" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, singan, which meant to ring as a bell - an obvious association between musical instruments and melodic vocalization by humans.

Birds and animals too seem naturally inclined to "sing along" with sounds that they hear (as I can attest from a few pet doves that I have who "coo along" to the sound of some kinds of music). The Scriptures have many references to song birds.

"104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches." (Psalm 104:12 KJV)

Doves "Sing" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, including:

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced sheer, which means to stroll while singing

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-naw, which means to respond by singing

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced raw-nawn, which means to shout for joy

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced zaw-mawr, which means to sing while plucking the strings of a musical instrument

Angels sang at the Creation (see By Him Were All Things Created) of the Earth. The verse quoted below actually use two of the Hebrew words for "singing" as explained above.

"38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7 KJV)

A large section of the Levite priesthood was assigned be to singers and musicians (see When Were The Levites Set Apart? and The Levite Clans; also The Levites Of Christ and The Messiah's Levitical Birth).

"15:15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD. 15:16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy." (1 Chronicles 15:15-16 KJV)

The Messiah sang a hymn at the completion of the "Passover" (Matthew 26:18-19; see Why Did The Messiah Observe Passover On Nisan 14?).

"26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. 26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives." (Matthew 26:26-30 KJV)

The true Church of God has always made singing and music a part of worship of the LORD (see the entire Church study series beginning with The Church In The Garden).

"3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." (Colossians 3:16-17 KJV)

When the Messiah arrived back in heaven (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?), He was greeted to the sound of joyous singing around The Throne of God (again, the verses quoted below actually use two of the Hebrew words for singing, as explained above).


"5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation 5:5-13 KJV)

Angels will once again sing when the Messiah returns to Earth (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).

"15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 15:2 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. 15:3 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. 15:4 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.

15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." (Revelation 15:1-8 KJV)

King David was a very musical prophet. The Psalms were actually a collection of prayers (see David's Prayer and The Morning Blessing) and prophecies (see David's View From The Cross and David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise) that were sung with music. "Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings."

"33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 33:2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 33:5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 33:7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. 33:10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 33:13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 33:14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 33:15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 33:17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 33:19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

33:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. 33:21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 33:22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee." (Psalm 33:1-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: What were some of the events of Bible history that were celebrated with song?
See The Song Of Moses and Moses' Farewell Song and Blessing; also The Song Of The LORD's Victory, Song Of Solomon: The King's Favorite, David's Song Of Deliverance and The Song of Deborah and Barak


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This Day In History

This Day In History, December 24

563: The Byzantine church building Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes. The building became a mosque in 1453 and remained so until 1931.

James Cook 1144: The capital of the crusader County of Edessa fell to Imad ad-Din Zengi, the atabeg of Mosul and Aleppo (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1524: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died at age 55. He was the first recorded European to reach India by sea.

1524: Poland agreed to truces in its conflicts with both Sweden and Turkey.

1638: The Ottomans under Murad IV recaptured Baghdad from Safavid Persia (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1777: Kiritimati, now also known as Christmas Island, was discovered by English explorer James Cook.

1781: German immigrant Baron Friederike von Riedesel erected what is believed to be the first Christmas tree in North America, at Sorel, Quebec (listen to our Sermon The Ho-Ho Hoax).

1814: A peace treaty between Great Britain and the former New England colonies was signed at Ghent, Belgium to end the War of 1812 (1812-1814). The combatants kept fighting and dying however because the news of the war's end did not arrive from Europe for another 2 weeks (longer in some more remote areas e.g. the Battle of New Orleans).

1865: The Klu Klux Klan was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee by a group of Confederate veterans.

1914: The first air raid on Britain took place when a German monoplane dropped a single bomb on Dover.

1942: The German research station at Peenemunde successfully tested a new surface-to-surface weapon system. Called the FZG76, it later became better known as the V1 Flying Bomb (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1946: The French Fourth Republic was established.

1951: Libya became an independent nation. It had been a colony of Italy from 1911, and before that was under Ottoman rule from 1551 (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).

1968: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, thereby becoming the first humans to do so. They completed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures for the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched broadcasts in history.

1974: Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin, Australia.

1979: The first European Ariane rocket was launched.

1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as leader of the Soviet Union.




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