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I will sing…really? Even now?

January 21, 2019

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. I will sing. I will sing.

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.

With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness, Thy faithfulness.

With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.”

How many of you were singing those words? It’s an old-time youth group favorite. Does anyone even sing it anymore? It’s been a long time since I was in youth group! It’s taken from Psalm 89 and is quite the peppy song – especially in comparison to the entire Psalm.

I listened to a sermon today from this passage which you can listen to here. 

The first 37 verses of the Psalm are about the greatness, majesty, sovereignty, faithfulness, and power of God. Starting in verse 38, the song turns to a lamentation of all that has gone wrong.

God has rejected, been angry with, renounced, and defiled His people. The city is in ruins and the surrounding peoples are ridiculing them.

“How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire? O, LORD, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?” (vs. 46 and 49).

The singers were not singing the first 37 verses in a joyful time. Everything had collapsed around them and the future looked pretty bleak. It was not a joyful recounting of God and His attributes. It sounds more like they were forcing themselves to remember God and His attributes, because it looked like they had been abandoned.

That’s exactly when we need to remember to sing. Not to lift our spirits with the melody and rhythm. Not to inebriate ourselves in the music so we don’t feel the pain.

But we can sing to rehearse the truths about God in the midst of the trials. We have no guarantee of a trial-free life. But we do have a guarantee of a sovereign, loving, all-powerful who is still in control of everything around us.

That’s what singing of the mercies of the Lord forever looks like.

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