Monday, May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015 … Sing God’s Love Song

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 144

Devotional Song: ... GO TO THIS LINK  … Please take the time to take in a video of the 60a brother/sister group, Karen and Richard Carpenter, singing the song Sing A Song, expressing the hope that we all sing a song of God’s love and His peace for mankind and the world, … which was unfortunately a song Karen Carpenter couldn’t/didn’t take to heart as she allowed herself to be captured by her own eating disorder.

Highlight Passage Exodus 15: 1a [ESV] … 
1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; … “
… Moses used song to declare God's glorious deeds/plans
Highlight Context - Exodus 15: 1-2, 13-18 [ESV]USE THIS LINK
… God’s faithful singing of their praises to God for His deliverance …

Reference Passage #1 - Deuteronomy 31: 30, 32:1-43 [ESV] USE THIS LINK
… Moses’s song, given for the people to sing praises for God’s deliverance and His salvation.

Reference Passage #2 - Deuteronomy 31: 44-47 [ESV] … 
44 Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua, the son of Nun. 45 And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. 47 For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.” 
 … After composing and singing a song of deliverance to/with the people of Israel just before entering God’s promised land, Moses was singing for God’s glory and charging His people to go forth for His glory.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David C McCasland, takes his readers (me) back to the times when Moses used song to document and declare God’s deliverance and the Lord’s mercy to God’s people as they were being led into the Promised Land (see the songs of Moses from Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 31/32 [linked above].

 McCasland also used a reference to John Philip Souza, who was called “The March King,” being to the genre of MARCH music what Beethoven was to SYMPHONY music. McCasland wrote, “Souza understood the power of music to motivate, encourage, and inspire people.” And so did Moses in his day. That’s why, I believe, when Moses needed to document God’s wondrous mercy and grace for eternity, to be included in God’s word, he chose to set the record to lyric and music; and in the songs Moses wrote, the lyrics recorded in The Bible (see links above), we see how God desired that His people sing of His glory and His plan for His people.

 If you follow my blogging here daily, I think you know just how important music is to my own devotional life. Everyday, as I journal here, I’m compelled to find a song, as well as a photo, to illustrate what God is faithful to share with me from His word and the ODB devotional each day. Today, it’s a simple song, written and performed by “The Carpenters” back in the 60s, where Karen Carpenter sings for us to “Sing A Song” of love (and I read into it “God’s love”). … Unfortunately, Karen didn’t get the point of the song, dying tragically from her own eating disorder. But her song is a beautiful rendition and a call for all of us to sing of God’s love to live it out in our lives every day. 

Let’s go take Karen Carpenter’s song to heart and sing praises to our God, as did Moses to/for God’s people, and then, let’s live out the song … for His glory in the time we’re given on earth.

My Prayer Today: Oh Lord, … I sing along with Karen Carpenter of Your love in my life. and with Moses … to march ahead into Your Promised Land. Amen

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