So far, 9 amazing Psalms with the understanding that each of these Psalms is a song, sang by the thousands, going to the House of the Lord!
And this day many go up, in silence, after arguments or even having arguments or closed hearts.
It are those songs -sang on the way to, not in the House of the Lord- that prepared the people of God for the ‘entering the House‘ with the right attitude as they sang the songs and with it ‘formed’ the people. Alining the hearts by corporate singing! Reminding, remembering, correcting false motives, so when they entered the Temple, the sacrifice was pure and effective!
Last week in a meeting in Stockholm Dale Schlafer asked the people this question: How many churches do we have in this city?
And… they failed the question!
The answer: Many, too many!
As Dale corrected them deeply… This City has only One Church, with many expressions!
Buildings, houses, rooms, open air, as the church is gathering today in many, many expressions!
And then, there will be many songs in the buildings today! Oh what a beautiful thing to realise that this day, all over the world, from the rising of the sun to the going down, the songs in all there diversity will arise.
A final reflection
Let us be sharp and honest about our songs, our praise and our intensions. The story of Moses and Joshua coming down from the mountain after receiving the Words of the Lord, is a good example of ‘learning to recognise’ the Sound of just ‘singing’!
17 When Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.”
18 But Moses replied:
It’s not the sound of a victory cry
and not the sound of a cry of defeat;
I hear the sound of singing!
19 As he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became enraged and threw the tablets out of his hands, smashing them at the base of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf they had made, burned it up, and ground it to powder. He scattered the powder over the surface of the water and forced the Israelites to drink the water.
21 Then Moses asked Aaron, “What did these people do to you that you have led them into such a grave sin? ”
22 “Don’t be enraged, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know that the people are intent on evil. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us a gods who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt — we don’t know what has happened to him! ’ 24 So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, take it off,’ and they gave it to me. When I threw it into the fire, out came this calf! ”
Noise of songs or Unfailing Streams
Take away from Me the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice flow like water,
and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.