August 26: Praying in Song – Habakkuk

We’re on the fifth day of looking at praying with song, and today we’ll look at Habakkuk 3.

Habakkuk isn’t one of the more well known prophets – we know less about him than probably any other Biblical writer. However he teachers us something interesting about prayer:

[1] A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.

Habakkuk 3:1

In chapter 3, we see Habakkuk’s prayer for mercy:

[2] O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk 3:2

We see Habakkuk’s extolment of the glory of God:

[3] God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Habakkuk 3:3

Yet interestingly by the end of the chapter it somehow transitions from a prayer to a song!

[19] The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Habakkuk 3:19

My conclusion is that it’s ok to sing our prayers! We can praise our God and recognize His attributes in our prayers!

August 25: Praying in Song – with Jehoshaphat

We’re continuing in our series of praying while singing, part 4! Jehoshapahat isn’t someone we hear from regularly – but he went to battle with an interesting advance team….

[1] It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2 Chronicles 20:1

We see others in the Bible like Asa and Hezekiah, who when confronted with enemies, went to the temple to ‘borrow’ gold to buy a victory. Jehoshaphat instead turns to God.

[3] And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2 Chronicles 20:3

Jehoshaphat prayed claiming God’s attributes:

[6] And said, 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?

2 Chronicles 20:6

God answered their prayer for victory with a seemingly crazy response:

[17] Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

2 Chronicles 20:17

Whoever heard of an army standing still? Would Jehoshaphat listen to this order?

[20] And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Chronicles 20:20

Jehoshaphat called the nation to trust in the Lord! Then he did something amazing:

[21] And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Chronicles 20:21
Jehoshaphat’s Singing Soldiers

God delivered His people as they proclaimed their faith in Him thru song! We can sing His victories as well – that is claimed thru Faith!

Faith is the Victory

Encamped along the hills of light, 
Ye Christian soldiers, rise 
And press the battle ere the night 
Shall veil the glowing skies. 
Against the foe in vales below 
Let all our strength be hurled; 
Faith is the victory, we know, 
That overcomes the world. 

Faith is the victory! (Faith is the victory!) 
Faith is the victory! (Faith is the victory!) 
Oh, glorious victory 
That overcomes the world.

2 His banner over us is love, 
Our sword the Word of God; 
We tread the road the saints above 
With shouts of triumph trod. 
By faith they, like a whirlwind’s breath, 
Swept on o’er every field; 
The faith by which they conquered death 
Is still our shining shield.

3 To him who overcomes the foe 
White raiment shall be giv’n; 
Before the angels he shall know 
His name confessed in heav’n 
Then onward from the hills of light, 
Our hearts with love aflame; 
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night 
In Jesus’ conquering name.

August 24: Praying in Song – David

We’re on the third day of praying in song as part of the “Hour of Prayer.”

Today we’re looking at the sweet Psalmist of Israel, David. David had a lot to be thankful for. He was a shepherd boy, the “runt of the litter,” chosen by God to be King. He defeated giants, captured Jerusalem (just over 3,000 years ago!), begat a dynasty, wiped out the Philistines, Moabites, Arameans, Amalekites, and more. Yet he recognized that he had nothing to boast in save the Lord:

[1] And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2 Samuel 22:1

David begins by extolling the attributes of God:

[2] And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:2

He continues by declaring the worthiness of God to receive our praise:

[4] I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

2 Samuel 22:4

And later continues his blessing of the Lord!

[47] The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

2 Samuel 22:47

Let’s sing with David!

August 23: Praying in Song – Deborah

We’re on day 2 of singing in prayer – and we’re going to the Old Testament to learn how to sing with Deborah!

Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.

Judges 5:3

Not-so-macho Barak wouldn’t fight unless a woman was on his side (Judges 4:8). His small force wiped out 900 iron chariots (Judges 4:13). Deborah and Barak won an incredible victory – so complete that their enemy Sisera had his head nailed thru by his buddy’s wife (Judges 4:21).

But who received the glory in the song?

[4] LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.
[5] The mountains melted from before the LORD, even that Sinai from before the LORD God of Israel.

Judges 5:4-5

The LORD God was greater than Sisera’s chariots, but He is also greater than nature!

[8] They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

Judges 5:8

The people were in bondage – spiritually and politically. They forsake the God of Israel and their military strength was negligible.

[11] They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the LORD, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates.

Judges 5:11

The people will praise the Lord for delivering them from danger – because the LORD is righteous. What do we mean righteous?

2. Applied to God, the perfection or holiness of his nature; exact rectitude; faithfulness.

God’s faithfulness – to His people that forsook Him!

Great is His Faithfulness!

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 
there is no shadow of turning with thee; 
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be. 

Great is thy faithfulness! 
Great is thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness 
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

August 22: Praying in Song – Revelation

As we’re entering our ninth section of the hour in prayer – let’s look at how we can sing in prayer!

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Psalm 100:2

Almost 200 times in the Bible we find the word ‘sing!’ One day when we’re in heaven we will sing to the Lord!

[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.
[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.

Revelation 15:3-4

Our good friend Patch the Pirate set these verses to music. If you’ve never heard this musical setting before – it’s very memorable. Sing along and praise the Lord!