In Scripture, songs express praise, thanksgiving, joy, victory and love. They also express sadness and derision and can be used to teach and warn. In heaven believers will sing a new song to God.
Different kinds of song
Songs of victory and deliverance Ex 15:1-18 The song celebrating God’s spectacular victory over Pharaoh and his army (compare with Rev 15:3). See also Jdg 5:1-3; 1Sa 18:6-7; 2Sa 22:1-4; Ps 18:2; Ps 32:7; Ps 42:8; Ps 118:15; Isa 26:1; Isa 44:23; Isa 49:13
Psalms and hymns Col 3:16 “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” are not clearly distinguished from each other in Scripture. See also 1Ch 16:7; Ps 40:3; Ps 47:7; Mt 26:30 pp Mk 14:26; 1Co 14:26; Ac 16:25; Eph 5:19
Songs of ascent Ps 122:1 Title Psalms 120-134, the so-called “Songs of Ascent”, are thought to have been sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.
Laments 2Sa 1:17-19 See also 2Sa 3:33-34; 2Ch 35:25; Ps 102:1-2; Jer 7:29; Jer 9:10,20; La 2:5 The book of Lamentations is a series of laments after the fall of Jerusalem; Eze 19:1,14; Eze 26:17-18; Eze 27:2,32; Eze 28:12; Eze 32:16; Am 5:1
God is described as the song of believers
Songs can teach and warn
A new song
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