King Hezekiah was one of Israel’s best kings (2 Kings 18:5). Faced with divine revelation that he was soon certainly going to die (2 Kings 20:1), he entreated God for mercy (2 Kings 20:3) and was heard (2 Kings 20:5-7).
After he had recovered from the illness that originally was going to end his life, Hezekiah wrote a song to thank God for healing him (Isa. 38:9-20). He climaxed that song by saying,
The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD. (38:20)
Because the Lord saved him, Hezekiah purposed that he (and others with him) would sing his songs accompanied by stringed instruments throughout the rest of his life and do so in the house of the Lord.
This marvelous resolve points us to multiple truths that every believer should profit from:
1. In gratitude for His saving us, we should sing to the Lord all of our days.
2. Singing to Him individually is not enough; we should do so corporately (“therefore we will sing my songs . . . all the days of our life” (38:20; bold added).
3. Our corporately singing to Him should be accompanied by the playing of stringed instruments.
4. Singing corporately to Him with such accompaniment in our own homes is not enough; we should sing corporately to Him with such accompaniment all our lives “in the house of the Lord” (38:20).
Surely, God intends these truths from Hezekiah’s resolve to profit every believer to the end that we all would praise Him faithfully in grateful corporate singing to Him in our local churches, which are His house today (1 Tim. 3:15). If God has saved you, be faithful to worship Him in singing in the services of a local church all the rest of your life.
Let us sing to the Lord in His house all our days!