THE WORD: A call to sing
Published 7:58 am Thursday, June 6, 2019
Sing to Him; Sing Songs unto Him. 1 Chronicles 16:9a.
This is not an advertisement to audition for your local church choir or America’s Best. Yet, it is a call for God’s people to sing a song in your routines of life.
Just recently, our youth choir celebrated an anniversary and there were two other local youth choirs as special guests. Well, that is one of a few times we as ministers get to set out in the congregation and enjoy the music and singing. And enjoy we did.
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During the program, hearts were overjoyed, and tears flowed as the melodious voices of children lifted praises unto the Lord in song. I was reminded by the spirit as to how powerful music and singing can be and how it can impact our lives in such a positive manner. Not just in worship but in our daily lives as well.
Have you noticed how powerful music can be? It adds weight to the spoken word in all medias we listen to, such as movies, radio and commercials. But most of all it adds beauty to our worship and prompts our hearts to praise God in a most passionate manner. Music can usher in a presence that can rival anxiety, sooth and calm nerves. It is also the preferred medium for expressions of love.
Yes, a singing voice is a passionate voice. The holy scriptures on numerous occasions urge us to sing. They may seem a mere suggestion but not so. These references to sing forges believers into a closer realm of the beauty of the Lord. A spoken voice that praises God is powerful and wonderful, but it isn’t enough. It is the conclusion of the scriptural emphasis on song that we realize that music was created to bring our voices closer to an accurate reflection of His beauty.
If there is anything in this world worth singing about it is the Lord of glory. He is the highest value in this universe and amongst any people and culture. As the Psalmist in Psalm 150 so pointedly urges, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).
Songs, as every ear has noticed, have breath. They’re living testimonies to the Creator. Does your praise reflect the importance of song? A good voice or musical expertise is not the issue. It’s the attitude of the heart.
In the Old Testament David instructed musicians to praise God in the tabernacle and Paul in the New Testament urged the church to “sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16).
So, make melody in your heart. Hum, whistle or sing. Regardless of your talent, your heart will soar, and God will be glorified. Will you sing a song today?
DR. JAMES TAYLOR is the pastor of the Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.