Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
It’s pretty tough to read passages like this and so many others in scripture and not be convinced that singing is meant to be the primary way we worship God together. Not every church would be on the same page with this and every church is going to emphasize or deemphasize singing based partly on their heritage and tradition and partly on who they believe they’re called to reach.
One of the common areas of understanding for the most traditional church as well as the most seeker sensitive is that when we gather together to sing we are involving ourselves in a fairly peculiar countercultural activity. Think about it, when is the last time you just got together with a bunch of people and sang? In public?! Karaoke, baseball games and birthday parties are pretty much the only places where singing happens in our culture and at those times the involvement of the crowd is half-hearted, at best.
One of the indications of a heart changed by God is the volume of that person’s singing during a church service. When you see (and hear!) someone singing and belting out their praise to God it’s one of the ways you can tell that God has done a great work in their life.
Do you find singing as part of your worship something that comes very naturally or something you’ve had to explore over time?
How can we encourage more people to sing more as part of their worship to God?
God and King of all the earth, thank You that we have the privilege and the opportunity to join together and sing praise to You. We don’t take this opportunity lightly and we want our singing to be praise to You! We remember and celebrate that the whole earth is Yours and that You are worthy of all of our praise. Would our church and our lives be filled with songs of praise to You this week. Amen.