Daily Devotion Friday, 05 April 2019
The new song in our mouth
Christ’s song is the song of obedience, which He has now placed in our mouths. This means that we are to go to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. The apostle Paul exhorted us, writing, ‘Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.’ Heb 13:13-15.
When we are delivered from our captivity, we are able to sing the song of the Lord, because the Lord Himself becomes our song. This was the testimony of Moses when the people were delivered by God from their slavery in Egypt. Moses and the people sang, ‘The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will exalt Him.’ Exo 15:2. Deu 10:21. Isa 12:2.
We are unable to sing the song of the Lord while we remain captive to a culture that is other than the culture of offering in the body of Christ. Heb 12:22-24. As the psalmist testified, ‘How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth – if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.’ Psa 137:4-6.
The Lord gives us a song to sing in the midst of the darkness of night, which we experience at times in the fellowship of Christ’s offering and sufferings. This song brings healing and refreshing to our spirit, sets ambushments against disobedience, and can minister deliverance to others who remain captive to sin.
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