Where Singing Comes From

Another reason singing plays a prominent role in Scripture is that all three persons of the Trinity are connected with song. Zephaniah 3:17 says that the Father will exult over His people ‘with loud singing.’ Jesus sings with His disciples after the Last Supper, and most likely sang every week as He attended synagogue (Matt. 26:30; Luke 4:16). In Hebrews, these words from Psalm 22 are placed in Jesus’ mouth: ‘In the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise’ (Heb. 2:12). Singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs is tied to being filled with the Holy Spirit in such an integral way that it can be hard to determine which is the cause and which is the effect (Eph. 5:19). God wants us to sing because He sings.

— Bob Kauflin, True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God, Kindle Location 1244.


Lord of Hosts

Many people seem to assume that the God revealed in the Old Testament is ‘God the Father,’ awaiting the unveiling of God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, and so completing the revelation of God as Holy Trinity. This is a profoundly mistaken view of the Bible. Even the bare fact that John 12:38 sees Jesus as the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:1 should warn us against making the Old Testament the province of only God the Father! No, no, the God of the Old Testament is the ‘Lord of hosts,’ the God whose unity is a rich diversity, as yet unfocused and undefined. But as soon as we enter the New Testament, as by a simple adjustment of the focusing lens, we are allowed to be present when the voice of the Father addresses His Son, when Jesus is identified as the Son of God, and when the Holy Spirit descends, bodily as a dove, to rest on Jesus and remain with Him. And in that incomparably beautiful and simple way, the ‘hosts’ are brought into their correct and final focus, the ‘incognito’ is over, and the Holy Trinity is at last revealed.

— J Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament