Is Jesus a songwriter? Hovering over the following verse has me asking the question.
Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, the son of Jesse, the oracle of the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel . . .
(2Samuel 23:1 ESV)
Taking notice of how David self identifies: the son of Jessie; the man who was raised on high; the anointed of God; the sweet psalmist of Israel. And the Greater David comes to mind. The foretold Son of David, the promised Messiah. The heir to an eternal throne, the King of a kingdom come and yet to come. Immediately I think, “This could be His bio.” But then I pause and think to myself, “Self, but is Jesus also a sweet psalmist?”
To the extent that Jesus is God, and God is the Creator of all things, and all things includes music, then, to be sure, Jesus is a composer. And to the extent that Jesus is God, and God through the Spirit breathes out all Scripture, then, for sure, Jesus is a songwriter as well — every psalm is His psalm. And, for sure again, we know Jesus is a singer:
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
(Matthew 26:30 ESV)
So, could I refer to Jesus as the Sweet Psalmist? I’m thinkin’ . . .
He’s writing lyrics all the time:
. . . you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
(2Corinthians 3:3 ESV)
Add a little music to the redemption story told through our lives and you’ve got a whole range of psalms. Psalms of praise and psalms of sorrow. Psalms of thanksgiving and psalms of lament. Psalms of desperation and psalms dawning forth eternal hope. Yup, Jesus is the Sweet Psalmist.
But it’s not just the songs He’s writing now. Aren’t we also looking forward to entirely new, fresh, and unimaginable psalms to come. Songs entirely compatible with the golden oldies yet so leading edge that “we can only imagine what it will be like” (thanx again MercyMe) to sing them.
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are Your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the nations!
(Revelation 15:3 ESV)
But as I much as I relish the thought of Jesus the Music-Maker bringing an as yet unrevealed catalog of tunes; as much as I wonder at what new, new lyrics He will give to telling the old, old, story; it’s the anticipation of hearing the Sweet Psalmist sing that most enraptures me.
For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, “I will tell of Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise.”
(Hebrews 2:10-12 ESV)
What will it be to hear the Son sing the praise of the Father in our midst? To hear the Sweet Psalmist give melody, words, and voice to declaring the glories of God? Unlike any worship I’ve ever heard. Like I said before, I can only imagine.
But wait . . . there’s more. Not only will the Sweet Psalmist be singing of God’s glory, but He will also have a love song or two for God’s children:
The LORD your God is in your midst, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
(Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)
He will exult over you with loud singing!
Sing it, my sweet sweet Song!
Indeed, He is the Sweet Psalmist of Israel! And the Sweet Psalmist of my soul!
Because of unfathomable grace. All for His eternal glory.