Sing To The Lord

Sunday, January 28, 2007
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Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (NIV)

I can remember someone asking me why Christians sing so often in their churches. It puzzled him that we spend so much time in worship using music and songs to convey our praise and prayers. "If you cut out the music," he said, "everyone would get out at 11.30 a.m. It wouldn't make any difference to God. He's only interested in your prayers anyway."

Obviously, this person hadn't read the Bible. It's full of songs and is written lyrically. The Scriptures are meant to be sung: joyfully as in the Psalms, or dolefully as in Lamentations; loudly like the angels on the hillside, or quietly like Mary giving praise to God.

There's even a verse in Scripture — the one that we have today — which tells us that God Himself likes to sing! Music is an integral part of creation, heaven, and salvation. Song is a sacred vehicle through which we approach God, confess to Him, and praise His glorious name. If we were to take out music from our worship, if we were to remove all singing, we would be left with something tedious, droll, and unfeeling.

Music captivates our hearts and connects with our souls, so that in turn, we may mystically connect with God. And one day, when all of His Son's followers are gathered in eternity, we will hear the most beautiful voice and the most beautiful singing in all creation, because that will be the sacred moment when God sings and rejoices with those who are saved.


    Sing to the Lord a joyful song,
    Lift up your hearts, your voices raise
    To us His gracious gifts belong,
    To Him our songs of love and praise.
      – John Samuel Bewley Monsell

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