SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG
Leslie M. John
“O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory” (Psalms 98:1)
Who can control or direct the thunders, storms and winds from heaven, except for the LORD Himself who causes them at His will, and halts them with His voice at His command. His voice was enough to rattle the strong and elegant cedar trees of Lebanon, and to make Mt. Hermon to dance like a young unicorn. He is mightier than mighty kings. He gave strength to Moses, His servant, to kill Og, king of Bashan, and caused a small stone from the sling of David, His servant, to bring down the giant Goliath to earth, and kill him.
The LORD shook the wilderness of Kadesh and His voice divided the flames of fire. The LORD is the creator and He is the king over all creation. No man can control the natural calamities, except face them with sorrow, and reconstruct their damaged properties, when God brings them on His enemies to punish.
The LORD causes vapors to rise and ascend from the ends of the earth, and brings rain from His treasuries, without any restraint, onto the earth, where His people honor Him. God helps those who seek His help in times of trouble. He never forsakes His people, nor will He fail them, but will always go before them, ever infusing courage and confidence in them to fight the evil.
King David says, the LORD’s voice and His word were mightier than any sword, or any other weaponry, used by humans to win a battle. There are many incidences in the Word of God, which show that God’s word was enough to defeat His enemies. His word is two-edged sword and His right arm is mightier than any weapon, men may use.
David found grace in the sight of the LORD and calls mighty men of valor to come unto the LORD and give glory due unto His name, and to worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness.
God spoke to His servants in different ways in different times; sometimes in thunder, and sometimes in small still voice. He spoke from the burning bush to Moses, His servant. He spoke from the mercy seat to the High Priest in the Tabernacle, and in small still voice to Elijah, the prophet. God spoke by the mouth of Prophets namely Jeremiah, Isaiah, and many more, and in the last days He spoke through His one and only Son, Lord Jesus Christ. The LORD’s voice was upon the waters, His glory was in the thunders, and His voice was powerful.
”Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalms 29:1-2)
When Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, the son of Asa, was afraid as the children of Moab, the children of Ammon, and Ammonites went against him in battle. Jehoshaphat went and stood in the house of the LORD and cried to the LORD saying ”…O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?” (2 Chronicles 20:5-7)
The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel, a Levite, a descendant of the sons of Asaph, and he said ”Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
The Levite said to Jehoshaphat that he does not need to fight the battle, but stand still and see the salvation of the LORD. Jehoshaphat bowed his head, and the entire congregation of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, and worshipped Him. Jehoshaphat said to all of them to believe in the LORD and then appointed singers unto the LORD and they went forth before the army singing ”Praise the LORD; for his mercy endures for ever”
When they sang praises to the LORD, He smote the children of Ammon, Moab and all those who came against Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. The LORD humbled the Amorites, Moabites and Ammonites, the enemies of David (cf. 2 Chronicles 20:1-22)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever” (ESV) Psalm 136: 1-3