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December 25, 2014

RELIGION ROUNDTABLE: Is singing important in worship?

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:13 pm

‘Come before his presence with singing’

Justin Martyr writes, “We praise the Maker of the universe as much as we are able by the word of prayer and thanksgiving for all the things with which we are supplied ... Being thankful in word, we send up to him honors and hymns for our coming into existence, for all the means of health ...”

Singing in the worship experience is indispensable; it is endowed with a quality and power that is not duplicated in any other thing. Psalm 22 declares that "God inhabits the praises of His people."

And from the wisdom of Johann Sebastian Bach: “The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”

Before the world began, God created music; it was given to us as a means to worship and praise Him. Dr. Thomas Cassidy said, “Music does not simply prepare our hearts for worship — it is worship.”

Singing may be thought of as the overflow of joy. It is what happened during the visit of Mary to Elizabeth; Mary’s joy becomes a raging flash-flood in her soul, resulting in unbridled, uninhibited and over-the-top singing: The Magnificat.

I agree with Walter Savage Landor who said, “Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven.”

— E. Steven Richardson, 17th Street Missionary Baptist Church, Anniston

God himself likes to sing

Singing is one way that we choose to worship and is vitally important.

If you think about it, we typically use singing to express our emotions. People have written many love songs to express their love and adoration for someone or something.

People use songs to excite crowds; think about “Sweet Home Alabama” being played at an Alabama football game.

We use songs to remember great events or moments in history.

All of these songs are just natural expressions of emotions that are deep inside of us, that need to come out.

The same is true for worship. We want to pour our love and adoration on an almighty God. We want people to get excited about who He is and what He is doing. We want to remember the great things He has done.

Singing can tell a story. For Christians, singing tells our story of redemption. We sing of how we were lost in sin but how Jesus, the great deliverer, died for those sins and overcame death, hell and the grave to save us and make us new.

And, finally, God likes to sing. In Zephaniah 3:17 it says, “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

— Matt Martin, Edgewood Church

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