Why Do We Sing?
Tonight is our 4th Sunday Singing. And if the pattern holds true, there are a number of you that will not be here. I don’t understand the reasons why. It may be that some believe the singing night is not really worship. It may be that a number of you do not believe that singing is all that important. Please read on to consider why we sing.
Singing is not an option…it is a commandment from God. We are not invited to sing. When we sing, we are obeying God. Ephesians 5:18-19 (NKJV) “…be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…” This is command language.
The songs we sing are based on the Word of God. Our singing is more than a warm up for the sermon or the Lord’s Supper. It is an important part of our worship, where the Word of God is emphasized as we praise God in song. Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Singing stands alongside of preaching as two great ways for God’s Word to richly dwell in us.
Singing together builds up and encourages. Notice the aforementioned verses: “speaking to one another”, “teaching and admonishing one another”. The context of Colossians 3 included “bearing with one another”, “forgiving one another”, “putting on love”, “God’s peace ruling our hearts as one body”. Songs are emotional. Many a hard heart has been softened by Christian singing. Singing truly builds up and encourages hurting people.
Singing declares war on evil. Christians are commanded to put to death all evil practices in their lives (Colossians 3:5). That means war. Thus, all the commands that follow, will produce attitudes and habits in the believer that will overcome temptation and will resist giving in to sin. “A singing heart is a heart at war with the evil one and the power of sin.” 1
One is spiritually stronger by singing. Why were Paul & Silas singing at midnight in that Philippian jail in Acts 16? Singing praises to God reminded them:
- what was important,
- suffering is temporary,
- we are servants of God,
- we have a future,
- the body may be destroyed, but the soul is forever.
Singing brings us strength for the trials we must face in serving the Lord.
Singing is God’s pathway to joy. Psalm 5:11 (NKJV) “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.” When one studies the subject of singing, joy is also found there. And when one studies joy, there is also singing. If you long for joy…sing. If you are filled with joy…sing. The two go hand in hand.
Singing glorifies God. While we speak to one another, and teach and admonish one another in song, our singing is directed to God. He is the object of our praise. “It is too Him and about Him that we sing.”2 During a sermon, a prayer and even while partaking of the Lord’s Supper, it is easy to get distracted. But when you lift up your voice in song, and when you sing with the spirit and with the understanding, it is so much easier to completely focus on giving God praise and glory.
So TONIGHT… I hope you will be here. I pray you will want to praise God and honor Him. Think about all that He has done for you. If you & I do that, how can we possibly miss such an opportunity to exalt the name of our God? Tonight is our monthly time to worship God in song. Join us! You will be glad you did!
(This article is adapted from
“7 Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters”)