Sing and Make Melody in Your Heart
I believe that singing is the most under-appreciated aspect of worship. Something that is meant to be an avenue of joy, remembrance, and peace, is often looked at, by some, as boring, ritualistic, and routine. God forbid we view this instrument of worship as such. I’m thrilled that we have people in our brotherhood to help remind us of the importance of singing praises, and I’m thankful for their passion and talent that the Lord has blessed them with!
Psalm 108:1 says, “My heart, O God, is steadfast (thankful); I will sing and make music with all my heart.” A lot of people in the church assume Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 is a “new command” from Paul talking about singing only with our voices, but in reality, it is a quotation from the Psalms. The context of both of these passages is that Christians should be thankful with all of their hearts, and fill themselves with the Spirit and teaching of God. One of the ways we do this is through song. This has always been the purpose of singing. Songs are meant to encourage and remind us of God’s will and His grace. We assemble and worship God (1 Cor. 11; Col. 3; etc). However, we assemble also to love and encourage each other as a family (Hebrews 10; 1 Cor. 5, 11, 14; 1 Jhn 4; Rom. 12; Eph 4-5, etc). The Bible says just as much about worship being for us as it is towards God. Let us remember the purpose of singing every time we gather, as we strive to not only worship God, but encourage and teach ourselves and those around us! – Jesse