“Hallelujah! What A Savior!” (Ready to Worship S7E2)

Ready to Worship Season 7, Episode 2 for Friday, January 26, 2018

This season on Ready to Worship, we are examining songs that can help to prepare our minds for worship. In this episode, we are examining the song, Hallelujah! What A Savior. Hallelujah means God be praised! Thus, the song is calling upon us to praise God for the Savior that He sent us. 

Transcript

This season on Ready to Worship, we are examining songs that can help to prepare our minds for worship. In this episode, we are examining the song, Hallelujah! What A Savior.

Hallelujah means God be praised! Thus, the song is calling upon us to praise God for the Savior that He sent us.

You may recall in the Old Testament that God raised up judges or saviors to deliver his children from the pagan neighbors that oppressed them.  No doubt, you’ve heard of judges like Gideon and Samson. Concerning these judges, Nehemiah declared, “So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would. And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness. Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations. Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies” (Neh. 9:24-27).

Just as God provided those in the Old Testament with saviors who delivered them, he has provided us with a Savior to deliver us. John wrote,”In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins…And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (1 John 4:9-10, 14). 

For sure, the saviors that God gave in the Old Testament were far from perfect. Furthermore, the deliverance that they brought was often short-lived. Although God was certainly worthy of praise for raising up these saviors, I doubt that we would exclaim of any of them, Hallelujah! What a savior! These saviors were little better than those they were sent to deliver. However, since these saviors, God has raised up a Savior that is worthy of such praise. The Savior that God sent us stands in stark contrast to these old Testament saviors and us.  The third verse of the song that we are considering in this podcast captures this contrast beautifully. The verse reads, “Guilty, vile, and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He; ‘Full atonement!’ can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!” We were guilty! He was innocent! We were vile! He was holy! We were helpless! He was strong! 

As we get ready to worship this week, let’s focus on the Savior that God has given us and praise our Father for Him. “Guilty, vile, and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He!”

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