40 Days of Teshuvah – Day 17 (9/1/15)

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional
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Psalm 27:6, “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.”

Praising God is a choice!!! And it is also coming in the “opposite spirit”. Pray for those who persecute you, love your enemies, forgive them who hurt you. WHAT? That is not the norm today. We live in an era of Me, selfishness. 2 Timothy 3 tells us what days we are living in, perilous times, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,….” In the days we are living in right now, we need to come in the opposite spirit of each of these.  Coming in the opposite spirit would be to praise God to whom all blessings flow! Praise Him for who He is, for the goodness He has given you in your life.

The first use of sing in this passage is the Hebrew word shiyr (sheer) and it is used to ‘sing to honor someone’.

The first usage of shiyr in the Bible is in Exodus 15 after Yahweh parted the Red Sea and their enemies were drowned. They sang in honor of their Protector and Defender God.

The second use of sing in this passage is the Hebrew word zamar and it is a primitive word that carries the meaning ‘to pluck with fingers’. This use of sing is from praises using instruments. It also means ‘to dance’.

The first instance that zamar is used in the Bible is Judges 5:3 with Deborah and Barak, “”Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, [even] I, will sing (shiyr) to the LORD; I will sing praise (zamar) to the LORD God of Israel.”

No matter what circumstance you find yourself in today, CHOOSE to sing praises to God in song, instrument and/or dance. He is so worthy of our praise!

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