The Power of a Song

 The Power of a Song

Matthew 26:30 ; Acts 16:25-26

In the passage for this sermon we see someone singing unto the Lord. In both places great events followed the songs and I would imagine that these two songs were never forgotten by those that sung them. In this sermon we will look at some songs throughout the word of God and how Satan is also connected with music in order to show us the power of a song.

Examples of songs from the Old Testament:

 In Exodus 15 we see a song that Moses and the children of Israel sang after crossing the Red Sea. This was a song of victory and praise for the works that God had accomplished. Also in Judges 5 we see the song of Deborah and Barak. Once again it was a song of praise for what the Lord had accomplished. David as the Psalmist wrote many songs as well. Even today people sing Psalms from the book of Psalms set to music.

Satan’s Connection to Music:

 In Ezekiel 28:12-17 we see Satan as Lucifer before he fell. Note that he is said to have pipes and tabrets created in him. We know from Job that the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy at the creation of the earth (Job 38:1-7). It looks like Satan may have been a heavenly choir director of some sort but we definitely see the original purpose of music was to praise God. When Satan fell his wisdom was corrupted and now as the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:1-2) he uses the power of a song against man to keep him from worshipping the true God.

Why should we sing?

 1)  God is worthy (Psalm 69:30)

  • When we consider what God has done for us he is clearly worthy of our praise and adoration.
  • It is good to sing praise to God (Psalm 147:1)
  • Our giving praise is a spiritual sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15)

2)  It is a spiritual resource (Ephesians 5:19 ; Colossians 3:16)

  • Satan knows this and uses the power of a song against man (Proverbs 25:20)
  • Hymns and songs of praise when they become our own, which is we have a personal investment in the one the songs are about, will be our greatest comfort and help in time of trouble. (Psalm 42:5-8 ; Psalm 77:6)

3)  The “gods” are listening (Psalm 138:1)

  • Satan along with the principalities and powers are listening and they hate when we sing songs that praise God.
  • We need to sing about how Jesus defeated them and triumphed over them openly (Colossians 2:14-15)

4)  The world is listening (Psalm 137 with Acts 16:25-26)

  • In Psalm 137 the Babylonians are mocking Israel whom they have captured by making them sing songs of Zion. Jerusalem was in ruins and Israel did not want to sing.
  • This is where the world and Satan wants saved people, defeated and not singing.
  • We must strive to be like Paul and Silas who sang praises unto God despite being in prison. Note what happened after they sang praises.