(Today's post by Tim David)
Okay, first I’m going to apologize in advance to all of you native Atlanta fans, but this author is from Chicago. Reading Judge 5 brought me back to a time that was golden for us…1985. The Chicago Bears had THE team…almost every player was a class in their own right. Then they did what no other team before or since did, they recorded the Super Bowl shuffle. Not only did this team record this single, they made video. Looking back at it now, I think everyone chuckles at their singing/rapping talent; but, no one can deny how they dominated their opponents that year! Each one of those guys had their own type of character, but by the end of the video they were back together as a team. The uniqueness of the Super Bowl Shuffle came from its originality and what happened on the field that 15-1 season culminating with a 46-10 Super Bowl victory.
Deborah may not have written this song the day after the victory, but much like the producers in Chicago, she wanted to make sure everyone knew what happened there. Matthew Henry’s commentary helps point out that Deborah divides this song up into a few sections: Praise and glory to God (vs. 1-5), The distress and deliverance of Israel. (vs 6-11), Some commended, others censured (vs 12-23), and Sisera's mother disappointed. (vs.24-31). I found myself reading through this trying to pick up a tune that this would work with, and of course couldn’t because I have no redeeming musical talent, but that wasn’t the point. This was a song that the Israelites could remember what happened when they allowed God to dominate their opponent.
Deborah didn’t have any special talent, but God allowed her to become a superstar who we some odd thousand years later are reading about. Lord knows, not even Chicago fans will remember a great season that long. My take away here is, are there ANY momentous victories in my life that are song worthy? If so, did I give God the glory, or did I take for myself? If not, how do I get on a track to be in the position I need to be in. Getting to the “show” isn’t the problem – we are Christians we have the talent – are we going to be fit enough for God to use, so we can have our song written?
Can you name a recent WIN in your life and give God the glory for it below?