They recite the righteous acts of the LORD,
the righteous acts of his warriors in Israel.
"Then the people of the LORD
went down to the city gates.
This passage is imbedded in the middle of the Song of Deborah. It give us a couple of insights into why we sing:
- "the voice of the singers at the watering places"–what did people do when they were getting water for their animals (i.e. hanging out and waiting around)? They sang! What did they sing about?
- They sang about what God had done for them (the righteous acts of the LORD) and what he had done through them (the righteous acts of his warriors in Israel)
- We should sing about what God has done for us and tell His story in hymn and song, and
- We should sing about the righteous acts God has done through us.
If all a hymn or song does is to say how we feel about God but never points our attention and understanding back to God, then we are only praising ourselves.
An example of a hymn which tells of God's righteous acts:
I'd love to hear your examples of hymns and songs which "recite the righteous acts of the LORD" and hymns and songs which tell of the righteous acts God has done through us.
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