Deborah's Song of Victory and Thanksgiving May 2, 2010
Judges 5 1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of A BIN oam on that day, saying, 2 Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves . "Praise ye the Lord." A constant and very repetitive theme of Scripture. These exact words = 25 times "Praise the Lord" = 165 times "Worship" = 624 times
"Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel." It is important to be specific in our praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto the Lord. We need to set aside plenty of time to worship our Savior and Lord: For Who He is, and For the things He has done . The more we praise Him the more we will have and see to praise Him for.
Most of us have more, for which to be thankful , than we are able to see and recognize . We go through life with blinders on , focused more on the troubles of life, and the things we lack , Than on our blessings .
Praise Him with Thanksgiving Sunshine and rain, Good food and good friends
2 Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves . If we want the Lord to work in us and with us and for us , We must willingly offer ourselves unto Him To do as God Wills ! Without reservations Without conditions
3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel. I don't care who hears me , I will sing praise to the Lord God. Psalms 66 1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honor of His Name: make His praise glorious.
There can never be too much emphasis on praise and worship. Psalms 66 8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of His praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. God saved us and He keeps us. We can never praise Him enough.
4 Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water. This is history: things God had done in the past. We must not thank Him once and then forget about it. Give that testimony of thanksgiving again and again. If anyone gets tired of hearing it, they have the problem , not you.
5 The mountains melted from before the Lord, even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel. 6 In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. 7 The inhabi-tants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. More details of their times of oppression. They were scared to walk the main roads. Village life ceased because they had to live within the walled cities .
8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? What caused all their distress? "They chose new gods." Whenever we neglect our relationship with the True and Living God , We will replace Him with new things.
8b was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? The Canaanites had disarmed them. That's the first step in successful oppression. Don't let the devil disarm you! Wear the armor of God all the time. Be always ready to use the Sword of the Spirit.
9 My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord. Deborah loved those leaders of the people who had responded to the call to battle. Once again, we see that word " willingly ".
"Bless ye the Lord." Bless = Barak To kneel in adoration Strong's Hebrew Dictionary God is worthy of our adoration.
If we summed up this morning's lesson in a few words, it would be this sentence : God blesses a willing and a thankful heart.