Have you ever wondered what Jesus sounded like when he sang? I know… some of you are thinking, “Jesus sang? I didn’t know Jesus sang.”
Well, think about it again. I’m not Jewish, and I don’t pretend to be a scholar on the finer points of worship in the synagogue. However, the use of music in worship in the synagogue dates back to ancient times. Additionally, Scripture accounts in a number of places how music and song expressed thanks to God or enhanced worship in the Temple. Here are just a few for you to look up on your own:
- Exodus 15 – the Song of the Sea
- Judges 5 – Deborah’s song of victory
- 1 Samuel 16 – David had skill in singing and playing the lyre
- According to tradition at least 150 of the psalms were composed and sung by David
- Psalm 120-134 – the “Song of the Ascents” – were included regularly during the ancient Temple worship, each song corresponding to one of the 15 steps the priest would ascend to arrive at the altar.
So, using our logic and deduction, all of these songs would be familiar to Jesus who attended synagogue every Sabbath day, his entire life. He traveled to Jerusalem for every feast day celebration required by God’s Law. And, being a normal Jewish male expected to lift his own voice in worship and praise to God, Jesus would sing with all the others in the assembly.
I wonder what his voice sounded like?
But here’s the thing…
Did you know that Scripture teaches that Jesus sings over you? Say what?!
Again, we have to use our deductive reasoning and logic here. Scripture teaches that as Christ-followers we have been “grafted into” His family, along with all those Jewish folk who follow Him as the True Messiah. This means, that what is promised to them, is also promised to us, in terms of eternal life, and the blessings of God. That said, look at what the prophet Zephaniah says.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is among you; He is mighty to save. He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing.
“singing” here is the Hebrew word rinnah (rin-naw’) רִנָּה
and it means: a ringing cry or singing
Wow! What an amazing thought! Jesus, the LORD your God… will rejoice over you with singing!
I want to hear that voice. I want to know the truth of these words. And even though I can’t see it today, or hear it today in my current realm of reality, I know the words are still true. Jesus is singing over me!
Glory be to the Lord of the hosts of heaven!
As you go to worship today… think about the words of Zephaniah 3:17!