Sing a Song… is a short series which looks at specific songs of the Bible and their Ah-ha Moments. This is the third installment.


I Want to Give You Everything
Freed by the Lord from a life as a slave to sin, I began to sing the song of my salvation and the Lord’s redemption of my life. There was but one teeny-weeny problem; I wasn’t willing to let go of all my ways and allow His ways to perfect me.


I’d found myself on a nice picket fence and I was happy to jump from one side to the other. Eventually, I was exhausted. Bouncing around was making me crazy and in time my Christian walk looked more like a worldly slide. I was a mess.


I cried out to God. “I want everything you have to give! I’m not afraid of your ways, your power, your Holy Spirit working in my life. I surrender all!”


What a Difference a Prayer Makes
The Lord heard my prayer, just as He’d heard the prayers of the Hebrew children enslaved by Egypt, freed under Moses’ leadership, and now living in the Promised Land.


But, you see, though they’d experienced the victory, they’d managed to forget one teeny-weeny point from God: You shall have no other gods before me.[i]


There was another command; Israel as a nation… as a people… was to have no association — not social, political, and certainly not of a religious nature — with the peoples from whom they would take possession of the Promised Land.[ii] Destroy them totally,” the Lord said.


But they did not. They allowed certain tribes to live. They began to co-exist. They got “world comfortable.” The Israelites lived among the Canaanites…they took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.[iii]


“And served their gods….”


Before You Judge
The book of Judges is filled with these stories. Israel takes possession, they begin “living with” the people and they eventually become captive to those people they were supposedly the conquerors of. Othneil, Ehud, Shamgar, Gideon, Samson, and Deborah are the names of a few of the “judges” God sent when the people cried out for relief. Relief from the captivity. Relief from their own sinful nature.