The Sweet Sound
Some of you may know this worship song, “I love You Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship You, oh my soul rejoice! Take joy my King, in what You hear. Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear!” You may also know this verse of scripture: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” Psalm 137:4
Sometime this week when I was taking my lagniappe, Rhea Chloe, to school, she started to sing in her beautiful little voice “I love You Lord …” When she got to the part that talked about the ‘sweet sound’ she asked me ” Mummy, what is the ‘sweet sound’?”. Ever amazed at what comes out of this little one’s mouth, I asked the Holy Spirit to give me the answer, so that I could truthfully continue to guide Rhea along the path of living a life devoted to pleasing God. The answer which came was this – the sweet sound is that which comes straight from our hearts to go directly to God to bless and delight Him; and that which delights Him is –
- First and foremost our love and adoration of Him and our desire to express love to others (Love in action as my Uncle Selwyn calls it).
- Second – our faith and belief in Him
- Thirdly – our obedience to Him and to those to whom He has given charge over us (yes Rhea you must listen to your teachers and parents)
The second sub-title asks the important question: “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” An excellent question; given the fact that we are but pilgrims here on earth, treading a narrow path of righteousness on our way back to the Lover of our souls; to our Heavenly Father; to our celestial home. We also have a very real and impassioned enemy eager to destroy our memories of who we are, whose we are, and what we have in our arsenal to use against him.
The enemy especially wants to steal our worship, the one thing we could freely give to our God, aided by the Holy Spirit who makes our imperfect worship perfect, to come up as a sweet smelling savour before Him. But as we move through the oppressive atmosphere of the world system, fraught with demonic activity aimed at destroying us, or at the very least keeping us bound ; we are in daily danger of becoming impotent in the area of freely and joyously offering up sweet worship, adoration and reverence to our King.
The Lord has not left us defenseless and has offered myriad ways to escape the enemy’s clutches. Psalm 91:1-2 says “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
Transported to the Secret Place, continuously awash in His Presence, we not only sing the Lord’s song in the strange land, but we do so victoriously, joyfully, freely, passionately and it becomes a new song; a sweet sound every day!