When we sing songs of worship, we are most likely singing from one of two groups of songs – those that are written about and to God that come from a person’s heart and are inspired by God, and those whose lyrics come directly from scripture and are set to music. To me, this latter group is the purest form of worship through singing. How more can we praise God in song than through singing His divinely inspired Holy Word?
The choir sang a song of worship on Sunday morning called “Revelation Song.” The words of the chorus come directly from Revelation 4:8: “…Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (NIV)
How incredible it is for us to sing the very words that the heavenly creatures are constantly singing to God! We don’t know the heavenly melody or accompaniment, but to get just a glimpse through those words should bring us a chill of excitement! I am thankful that God is still using people to write songs of praise and worship today, that we may continually sing Him a new song.
“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3 (NIV)
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!