What comes to mind when you think of worship?
I’m sure you immediately think of singing, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Singing is big part of worship.
When we look at Scripture, we see that God commands us to sing! Look at the examples in the Psalms*:
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! – Psalm 95:1
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! – Psalm 100:2
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. – Psalm 147:1
So we see that singing to the Lord is pleasing to Him. But how does singing affect how we live our lives?
1. Singing is mandated by Scripture, and it helps us worship more effectively.
Jonathan Leeman wrote, “Believers sing in churches because Christ has commanded us to sing (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19). And we’re commanded to sing, I heard minister of music Bob Kauflin observe, because God means for creatures created in His image to do as He does (Zeph. 3:17; Heb. 2:12).”
Singing should always be a part of a worship gathering. If our singing time is executed correctly, then it should prepare our hearts to hear God’s Word, and make us more aware of what Christ has done for us. Do you sing because it’s a checklist item in the worship gathering, or do you sing because you’re honoring God and His Word?
2. Singing helps us remember the gospel.
How many times do you catch yourself humming a catchy tune during the day? Sometimes it’s a song you heard on the radio earlier in the morning, and other times, it’s a song that means something to you. Often times I find myself humming a song that we sang in the Sunday morning worship gathering, or a song that we rehearsed in choir practice. When this happens, I find myself thinking about the sacrifice that Christ made for us.
When we sing songs such as “The Power of the Cross,” “The Wonderful Cross,” and “It is Well,” our hearts are focused on the cross of Christ. When I find myself singing these songs, and others, my heart is pointed toward the cross.
3. Singing builds unity in the church.
Singing in corporate worship builds unity as we glorify God together. Singing in a corporate worship setting is never meant to be a passive time of singing, but instead, a God-exalting experience. Singing with other believers strengthens the body of Christ and allows us to praise our Father together. Corporate worship is a humbling experience, and it is also commanded in Scripture.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16
Singing is such a vital part of worship. Praising the Lord through song should enhance our worship. Consider that as you gather with the church to worship through song, and think about the words that you are singing! The Lord is glad to hear you sing praises to Him!
* All Scriptures in ESV