Grasping The Meaning of the Song 1
by Janice S Ramkissoon
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“Lord, I lift Your name on high,
Lord, I love to sing Your praises.
I’m so glad You’re in my life.
I’m so glad You came to save me.
You came from heaven to earth,
To show the way.
From the earth to the cross,
My death You paid.
From the cross to the skies.
Lord, I lift Your name on high."
Below are my thoughts. May your hearts be blessed . If you learn something new, share it with someone else so that the lesson can be passed on. Stay blessed!
“Lord, I lift Your name on high”
The first word, ‘Lord’, brings out the essence of this song to me. What do we mean when we say: ‘Lord’? A minister highlighted the point that you cannot say Lord and then turn around and say, “No.” He was making that statement at the dedication ceremony of the pastor of my previous fellowship. He suggested that our pastor had been called into this ministry and that the only way to respond to our Lord is by saying ‘Yes, Lord.’ Can you see the picture here? If I say ‘Lord’, that means I am referring to my Master—the One who created me. If He says, ‘Go.’ I can’t say, ‘Sorry, Lord, I can’t go.’ The moment you say ‘Lord, you are acknowledging your status as a servant. A servant serves. Therefore, he/she does what his/her Master requires. We never say, ‘No!’
Paul, in his letter to Timothy, wrote: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1st Timothy 3:16). So acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour; the One who reconnected me to my heavenly Father, I am now subjected to His will. There is no alternative but to do what He tells me to do.
The next part says, ‘I lift Your name on high’. Here, I understand that I need to position myself to praise Him at all times. I can encourage others to praise Him but it is an individual call. I need to praise Him, so that’s how I lift up His name. My praise should be continual and therefore, it is not based on my circumstance in life. While sending up the praises, God will then use my praise to draw others to Him.
See closing part of this article for further thoughts on this line.
“Lord, I love to sing Your praises"
What does it mean to sing His praises?
Does it simply mean to stretch my larynx and sing songs about Him or to Him? No! If that was all, I’d be very happy. I sing in the showers, when I’m cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes, even when I’m walking on the streets I’m singing. Then I do it all over again when I join with the saints. If that was all it took, I guess that would make me a champion at praising. Our praise is to bring glory and honour unto God. So my daily walk should reflect my Master’s glory. It is not about repeating familiar phrases or clichés. A clean vessel brings honour to God.
See article: “Have You Reclaimed Your Royal Status?” for an in-depth look at singing His praises.
My Heart should be clean and reflect that of my Master. An impure heart does not honour God. Therefore, “Whatsoever things are good…think on these things" If I have good thoughts, my hands will do good…my feet will hasten to do good…my mouth will open to speak words of wisdom. I will dress modestly, thinking of my fellow neighbour and not wanting to be a stumbling block. A heart that is pure brings honour to God and keeps me operating in His will. This is not just when I fellowship with the saints but while I’m at school, work, in my social circle, at home…wherever I go.
When I testify/share with my fellowship, my neighbour, family or friends, I am praising God. “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15, KJV). A testimony is telling of His goodness in my life – How God got me through a particular situation/ struggle. What He did to get me through that situation? How He is keeping me from going back where I’m coming from? The information becomes instruction for someone else. Others who were praying for me to get out of that situation begin to give God thanks for answered prayers. The Scripture, shared as part of my testimony, may bring confirmation to someone or may begin the process of washing that individual clean—as a process of grieving and healing begins. It is therefore very important to remain in His love so that our lives can be a testimony of His love and His grace. That’s how we sing His praises. Our life should therefore, be a song of praise unto God.
“I’m so glad You’re in my life, I’m so glad You came to save me"
I’m glad that Jesus Christ was found worthy to be sent for the purpose He was sent. I’m glad that He chose to lay down His crown, in order to restore my royal status. I’m glad that even though He has returned to His place by His Father’s side, I am still learning from Him [via His Word and The Holy Spirit]. I’m glad that He continues to guard my heart against sin. I’m glad that he saved me from resentment…I’m glad that He continues to save me from falling for the many temptations before me. I am glad that He came to save me from myself. I am glad He came to save me.
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Janice, this is very good and thorough. May God continue to bless your writing.