A Happy Ending - A Christian Devotional
Judges chapter 5 contains Deborah’s song. It’s kind of cool that Deborah, Barak, and Jael’s story ends with Deborah and Barak Joining in song. It kind of reminds me of the satisfying ending to a Disney movie. It also confirms a lesson we learned in the last devotional. If you haven’t read that one please read it now: CLICK HERE
Judges 5:2 [NIV]
“When the princes in Israel take the lead,
when the people willingly offer themselves—
praise the Lord!”
I love those words: “when the people willingly offer themselves- praise the Lord!”.
Another great part? I’m pretty sure Barak got the lesson that the Lord was trying to show us.
Judges 5:1 [NIV]
“On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:”
That’s right. Barak sang that line I love so much along with Deborah. He sang out about what a praiseworthy thing it is when we WILLINGLY give up ourselves to the Lord. It’s also important to note who they were praising: the Lord.
It’s a praiseworthy thing we give up ourselves to his plans for us. However, let’s never lose sight of the fact that they are His great plans and He is the one we should praising.
If you remember in the last study, Barak had a lot of trust in Deborah as did the rest of Israel. She was the leader whom they trusted and it’s possible that many put more trust into Deborah than they did our Lord, just as Barak.
In Judges 5:3 [NIV] Deborah shuts that down:
“Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.”
As a ruler, she is singing out to all the other rulers saying “even I, will sing to the Lord”. It’s really saying two things. First, no one is above God. Even the greatest of rulers are to praise Him for their triumphs.
Deborah was a great leader of Israel and yet, even she needed God. Which ties into the second point: I think Deborah was saying that God is responsible for all things good, not her.
It is God who is responsible for everything good and all of our triumphs in life. Let’s praise Him for it.
Lord, thank you for all the good things you have given me. I know my greatest of triumphs in this world are because of you. Please make me a willing servant of your work and may I never lose sight of what a praiseworthy God you are!