“Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God.”
As we perceive and witness God’s majesty like in the way the universe is operating…the clouds, the seas, rains in both its heavenly and earthly expressions, it would create in us a response of praise filled with awe. Learning to thank God, singing praises to God for what he has given us is an important part of our spiritual journey.
Have we wondered why it matters to sing praises? Let’s look at three reasons on why singing is important from the perspective of God’s word. Firstly, singing to God is an act of obedience. Let us read Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:18-19. There we learn that it is a commandment that we sing psalms, hymns & spiritual songs making melody to God with gratefulness. Any of us who want to live a life pleasing to God, will want to obey Him. So, let’s sing!
Secondly, when we sing praises to God, unknowingly we are building others, especially the unbelievers. In Psalm 105:1-2, the Lord is calling the Israelites to be a light unto the nations, and to do this, He tells them: “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!.” When we are singing, the lyrics get recorded in the subconscious minds of the listeners and from there on, anything can happen. That’s a gospel in itself. That’s why the author of the book Worship by the Book says “Good corporate worship will naturally be evangelistic”.
Finally, when we sing, we toughen our spirits and gain strength to face crisis and still be hopeful & cheerful. In Acts 16, we see how Paul and Silas sing to God even when they were imprisoned unjustly. We often associate singing with happiness, victory or laughter. But let’s decide to replace our natural response to crisis with singing songs of praise. We will then witness the paradigm shift and see how God is able to bring us out from the sate of sadness, filling us with hope, because Christ in us is the hope of glory.