23
Jan
14

Standing On God’s Faithful Promises

We’re going to pick back up in Luke 1.  After John the Baptist was born and his father’s tongue was loosed, Zechariah began to prophesy and sing.  It is a beautiful song filled with hope in the promises of God.
When I think about songs about God’s promises, two come to mind.
The first is an old hymn, Standing On The Promises.  The second is a new song by Chris Tomlin, Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies).
In the first song, I really like the lyrics:

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
by the living Word of God I shall prevail,
standing on the promises of God.

​ (Standing On The Promises by Carter)​  
In the second song, I really like these lyrics:

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful

​ (Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) by Tomlin, Cash & Cash)​ 
Both songs talk about God’s faithful promises to His people.  Some will argue about which song is better.  Some prefer the old hymns while others prefer the newer songs.  Some like both and some just don’t like to sing.  Whatever your preference, there is one thing we can agree on: God is faithful to His promises and it is good to sing of His faithfulness.  Psalm 92:1-2 (NIV) says:

It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night​…​

Let us not argue over style and preferences.  Let us make music – all kinds of music – to the Lord and proclaim His love and faithfulness all the day long.  Oh!  That reminds me of another old hymn!  5 bonus points if you know what it is!

Luke 1:67-80 (NIV)

Zechariah’s Song

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
71 salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

 

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