In Praise of Singing

Psalm 104:33

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

Ephesians 5:19

Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts. 

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These beautiful roses were growing along the walkway in our neighborhood.

We went to the ball game yesterday afternoon. Part of the ritual there is the singing of the National Anthem at the start of the game. Then comes the seventh-inning stretch, with God Bless America, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and Deep in the Heat of Texas. Some people just stood and watched the spectacle. But most join in singing.

Whoever came up with the idea of gathering a group of people, sitting in a building of any kind, singing songs? If you add some libations to the mix (think barroom songs here) and you can understand why people would do such a thing: liquor can make people do strange things. But perfectly sober people, sitting in rows of seats, accompanied by organ, brass, praise band, or simply led by a song leader, singing hymns and songs: what’s that about?

Singing is an act of love and worship. David sang songs to God because he loved God and was deeply thankful for God’s favor. When we sing to God we are expressing our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual connection with God. What’s more, the words and even the melody of songs convey truths about God that are more deeply embedded in our hearts and minds.

Martin Luther said, “He who sings prays twice.” I like that idea. May our songs of praise ascend to God as incense, and our prayers arise before him in songs of praise!

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