Recounting His greatness and responding in praise


Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day: “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord! “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; to the Lord I will sing; I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel.
—Judges 5:1-3

The Song of Deborah is a great example of how we are to worship God–singing his praises by recounting all of the things he has done to save us from our sins and to deliver us from our enemies. The Psalms are God’s own hymnal given to us. Much like the inspired songs of Moses, Deborah, and others, the Psalms tell of God’s mighty deeds and they also record the fears, joys and sadness.  We identify with the emotions and expectations of David and the other psalm writers. Think, too, about the “songs” recorded in the New Testament, such as Mary’s “Magnificat” and Zechariah’s “song.” Singing Scripture is always a good focus of our worship.   When we let God tell his story through song, we are reminded of His great and mighty acts, and are encouraged to remember God’s faithfulness and power.

Emotion is not a bad thing in worship. When we consider all the amazing things God has done, how can we NOT be moved in our emotions? There is a place for joy, exuberance, tears, and even raising our hands. But experiencing emotional highs and expressing them is not the goal of worship.  They are a response to the greatness of God!

Worship music should let God tell his story, like we see in the Song of Deborah, and  we reflect upon what he has done.  God is always faithful to His promises, and songs like Deborah’s  are a great reminder of that!

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