In my last blog I began a series on singing to our Lord. Perhaps you are someone who goes to church on Sunday and maybe mouth the words, but that’s about all. So let me tell you why you should sing—according to the Bible.
- We’re commanded to
- God is worthy of our worship
- Song is a good way to remember key truths about God and His promises. It’s a tool parents & teachers often use to help children learn. Even God told Moses to teach the children of Israel in song (Deut 31:19).
- It is an expression of our thoughts & emotions:
- of our gratitude and thanksgiving
- of sadness or grief, singing is a good outlet for our emotions, good or bad
- of our joy. I sing, you sing, because we can’t help it! It just bursts out of us. It’s fun to get carried away in praising our Savior!
(This next one is a biggie!)
5. Singing helps us overcome negative emotions such as depression and fear.
Let me tell you about the time King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites had to face 3 huge enemies in battle. They were afraid, but listen to this:
This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” (2 Chr 20: 15, 17)*
So do you know what the king did? He sent singers out first—ahead of the soldiers! And when they began to sing and praise God, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy armies and defeated them! Awesome! So next time you’re fearful, try singing praises to your God and just wait and see how God will intervene on your behalf!
* THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica. All rights reserved worldwide.