Have you ever wondered why singing is such a prominent feature in Christian worship services?
- Singing serves as a way to bless and thank our God for who He is and for all that He has done to love and rescue us.
- Singing our Lord’s praise is a primary way that we enthrone Him in our hearts (Psalm 22:3).
- Singing serves as a means of proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In singing, we commend to others the Jesus that we know and cherish ourselves (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).
- Singing enables us to savor God’s Word and makes it more memorable and vivid. The Apostle Paul admonishes us: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Colossians 3:16).
- Singing changes us. It makes us kinder, gentler, and more reasonable. It also affords peace and joy to our hearts.
- Singing galvanizes us to trust God in the midst of trouble (e.g. Paul and Silas sing hymns while persecuted and imprisoned for their faith – Acts 16:25).
- Singing serves as a weapon when we are in the midst of spiritual conflict. Martin Luther claims that “the devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God.”
William Cowper, the beloved 18th century English poet and hymnodist, was right:
“Sometimes the light surprises the Christian while he sings. It is the Son who rises with healing in His wings.”
Oh that we might experience anew His healing and transformative work in our hearts as we draw near to worship our Lord!