One thing that’s become incredibly important to me over the last year and a half is connecting songs with Scripture. It’s very easy to get hooked by a melody or a lyric, when really it has no Biblical basis. It’s just empty words with a catchy tune.
So I’ve made it a top priority in my song selection process to research the reason why a song was written or the Scripture from which it’s taken.
That brings us to one of my favorite songs, Mighty to Save. We retired this song for a bit at Hope, but we’ve rearranged and updated it some. You’ll get to hear it on Sunday! The Scripture for Mighty to Save comes from Zephaniah 3:17, which is seriously one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Zephaniah is kind of an obscure book of the Bible, but the entire book is so powerful. Zephaniah 3:17 states:
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
What’s interesting about this book is that throughout chapters 1-2 and two-thirds of chapter 3, Zephaniah is speaking out against the Israelites. He is speaking of the destruction that God is going to bring upon them because of their disobedience and idol worship. But in the end of the book, you see the hope; the grace and mercy of our Lord God.
I’ve often struggled personally to see the grace and mercy of God in the Old Testament, especially when I consider the impact that Jesus made. So before I started reading the Old Testament this time, I asked God to show me the times that He showed mercy, and I must say that my eyes were opened. I could go on and on about that, but I’ll save it for another post.
The point is that our God could completely obliterate us. He could kill us all with a thought, but that is not what He does. The fact is that He sent His Son to die for our sins so that we could be with Him for all eternity. He is mighty to save. And He even takes it a step further by walking and talking with us on a daily basis. Do we even realize the magnitude of Who it is that we have an audience with when we pray or worship? It absolutely blows my mind! He “rejoices over us with singing”! Just stop and imagine what that must sound like.
What songs touch your heart and draw you into His Word? I’d love to hear from you!