‘And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people go up with flutes to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.’ Isaiah 30:29 (NIV).
The Bible says that it is good to sing praises to our God; that it is pleasant and fitting to praise Him (Psalm 147:1). There’s something about expressing our love for God in music and singing that helps us to reinforce our faith. When we’ve been singing praise and worship songs, we tend to come away feeling uplifted and closer to God.
Paul knew the value of music. In 1 Corinthians 14:15 he wrote, ‘I will pray with my spirit; but I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.’ Paul must have valued music as much as prayer in his worship time. And when Paul and Silas were in prison, they sang worship songs together to encourage themselves and show that in spite of the terrible circumstances, their faith was unshaken and they could still pour out praise to God.
Music is powerful because it can reflect every one of our moods. We might find we can express our feelings more effectively through music than we can by just talking. God doesn’t ask for perfect, rehearsed, polished prayers or songs from us. He just wants us to bring hearts full of enthusiastic praise and worship to Him.
We could turn even the most mundane, boring task into an act of worship if we include music. Imagine some of the great times we could have with God if we sang worship songs to Him while we did the vacuuming, weeding the garden or washing the dishes.
‘Heavenly Father, thank you that you love to hear my voice rising in song to you. It is not the sound of my voice, but the sincerity of my heart that matters. May I be found raising my voice in praise and gratitude to you through the gift of singing.’
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Whether we are the world’s best singer, a mediocre performer, or someone who can barely manage to clap to the beat of a song, God wants to hear our music. How can singing to the Lord become a greater part of our life of worship to Him?
Be Greatly Blessed!