2 Samuel 22:1, 5-7 NKJV Then David spoke to the LORD the words of this song, on the day when the LORD had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. (5) “When the waves of death surrounded me, The floods of ungodliness made me afraid. (6) The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. (7) In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears
Music is a powerful thing. There’s just something about music that will grab a hold of the listener and take them on a lyrical journey. Words placed to music become etched in our minds and on our heart.
In the sixth grade I was required to memorize a number of monologues from various works of Shakespeare. It wasn’t a completely painful exercise yet, it took hours of repetition. I read, reread, and read the selection again and again; only to get stuck halfway through when I’d try to recite it without looking at the text. A few weeks later our teacher began each day of class playing a brand new song that just came out, We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel. None of us understood the song, nor did we particularly like it. Most of the kids were listening to Motley Crue, Janet Jackson, or dare I say it… New Kids on the Block (we were 11-12 years old). Even though we didn’t really care for the extremely wordy song, “Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe Dimaggio, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon,…” with 5 verses of nothing but relatively meaningless name and events to us at the time, in a matter of a listening to the song a few times we were all chanting along with it. Words set to music are powerful.
Here in Second Samuel an aged David begins to speak the word of a song he probably wrote many years earlier after the Lord protected and delivered him from the hand of King Saul. Many years had passed, but he could still easily recall the words of that song (Psalm 18). One way we can implant the faith producing Word of God in our hearts so that we can call it back when we desperately need it is through song.
Find yourself a “Victory” song; A song that ministers the victory of Christ Jesus that has been given to you. Find a song that inspires faith and reminds you that He is always there with you. Then when anxiety, fear, and doubt begin to assail you, you can begin to speak or sing the words of the songs that minister to you. When you do your faith will rise, your attention will shift to God who is your answer, and the fear you are experiencing will diminish. Sing a song of hope and Fear Not!