It's a Hit!


The children of Israel had a hit song that set up the next generation for 40 more years of faithfulness to God!

Today’s Reading: Judges 5

Key Verse: Judges 5:3

Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

I’m certain this became a hit song with the Children of Israel. Another generation learned through this song. They learned that those who love the Lord will be “like the sun when it comes out in full strength.” The result was 40 more years of faithfulness to God. We have great advantages in knowing God in our time. Back then they had the scrolls of the first books of the Bible, but very few of these children of ex-slaves could read. The people would gather for a message from their spiritual and temporal leader only once a year. No wonder they wandered far from God. The influences from the Canaanite culture were strong, and unless each family had daily prayer and the recitation of God’s stories, they were easily overcome by the evil around them. What is our excuse when the prevailing culture overcomes any godly influence we may have on our children and grandchildren? Just think of the helps to godliness we have which the second and third generation Israelites did not have. When we consider our struggles today, perhaps we should not judge those people too harshly.


Lord God, I have a great local congregation here in Canada, and when I go the senior’s park in Florida, I have great churches. I have weekly prayer meetings and Bible studies. I read my Bible every day and watch 100 Huntley Street on TV daily. Help me to be consistent in my personal prayer life, oh Lord. Compared to the Israelites in Deborah’s day, I have absolutely no excuse for drifting away from You. Thank You Jesus! Amen!


What great spiritual input I had as a child. We prayed on our knees three times a day as a family, plus “Now I lay me down to sleep” at bed time. My Dad, Rev. Dr. Roy, was a missionary, pastor and college president. He also approved my Sunday schedule: 10 a.m. Sunday School, 2 p.m. at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and then 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church. For some reason, I loved every minute. Dad was “authority” in my eyes. I’m ever so thankful. My Dad and I grew very close, especially after my Mom died.

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