How Can I Keep from Singing?
Sing. That word is mentioned 121 times in the Bible. It goes up to 209 if you use the New English Version. It is one of the most recorded commandments in God’s Word. For God to command us to “sing” that many times throughout scripture, He MUST regard it as important. He tells us in Psalm 66:2: “Sing about the glory of His name; make His praise glorious.” (HCSB)
Music is a true gift that God has given man since creation. It is one of the purest forms of worship we can give Him as an offering. A word of information: we tend to think of the word “worship” as meaning “singing.” Worship is actually our response to God through His work in us. Singing is just one of many forms of worship, albeit a very important one!
Not only are we commanded to sing to God, we are also called to do it as a unified body of believers: “Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” Romans 15:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
I encourage all of you to sing! Sing in your personal worship time, and sing when you enter God’s house! He has truly gifted us with a musical gift; let us be more determined than ever to use it to His glory!