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Ever wonder why we sing in church? If you grew up in church, it's as normal as brushing your teeth before bed. If you didn't, it may seem a little odd that singing is such an important part of what we do when we gather together each week.
Although church gatherings across the world may vary in time, frequency, and size, two things are almost universal among them:
1. They teach from God's Word.
2. They sing.
We know why the word of God is taught: to learn more about God’s character and His will for our lives as we daily live out a life based on Christ’s example.
But why do we sing? What is the point of singing together in corporate worship?
Let’s look to scripture for our answer.
First, the Bible Commands It
The Bible contains almost 50 direct commands to sing and 400 references to singing (Psalm 149, 9, 21, 57, 95, to name just a few). Likewise in the New Testament, both Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 instruct us to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God and one another. Scripture is abundantly clear in its command to sing.
Take some time this week to look up "sing" in the concordance in the back of your Bible or use an online resource like biblegateway.com. Select a few verses to meditate on this week or choose one to memorize.
If you're like me, the next question is Okay, why are we being commanded to sing?
I’ll address that question in next week’s post. For this Sunday, let’s gather together and obey God’s command to sing to Him, and like Psalm 100 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
This week let’s make the choice to be actively engaged in thanking God for who He is and the love he has bestowed upon us.
Get ready to Sing
One of the songs we're singing in the 11:30 service this week is called "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)" by Hillsong Worship. It will give us a perfect opportunity to "enter His courts (read: presence) with thanksgiving" that his amazing grace saved a wretch like me.
Download it from iTunes and as you listen to that song this week, thank God for His amazing love and prepare your heart to join your voice to others' as we return our praise to Him!
See you Sunday!
ANDREW CARR // MODERN WORSHIP LEADER