A Far More Glorious Song


?In Greek mythology, the Sirens would sing enchanting songs, drawing sailors irresistibly toward the rocks and certain shipwreck. Odysseus filled his crew’s ears with wax and had them tie him to the mast. This is like the approach of legalism. We bind ourselves up with laws and disciplines in a vain attempt to resist temptation. Orpheus, on the other hand, played such beautiful music on his harp that his sailors ignored the seductions of the Sirens’ song. This is the way of faith. The grace of the gospel sings a far more glorious song than the enticements of sin, if only we have the faith to hear its music.? –Tim Chester, You Can Change

This is certainly the way to conquer sin and temptation – by having a sweeter delight, a deeper joy, a richer satisfaction than the promised pleasures of sin.? This is the way to avoid the seduction of the empty cisterns of the world – by drinking deeply from the Fountain of Delights.? Lord Jesus, help us fix our eyes on your infinite beauty.


  • JackW says:

    What a great illustration Mark.

    I have it on good authority that Orpheus played a Martin Just overcame the temptations of El Cajon with the goodness of Nazareth.

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    A Martin, eh? Ahh, the goodness of Nazareth, PA right? But what is El Cajon?

  • JackW says:

    A city in California where Taylor's are made. Ok, I'm biased. A little.

  • Elaine says:

    I'm afraid I am more of an Odysseus than an Orpheus.

    Thanks for a beautiful post and for the great encouragement, Mark!

  • danni says:

    Wow….thank you Mark for the beautiful illustration! One of my favorite scriptures is from Psalm 32 :7-11 Thou art my hiding place;Thou dost preserve me from trouble;Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance . I count on those songs of deliverance . The Word goes on to say (8) I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (I LOVE THIS!!!) 9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you. 10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him (Jesus Himself – the song of deliverance). 11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones, And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart!!!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Hey Danni,

    Ps 32.8 is one of my absolute all-time favorite verses. I regularly quote it when I'm seeking the Lord for wisdom. What a great picture – Jesus himself is the song of deliverance! Thanks!

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