Our First Seniors at First Baptist Church love to sing. We are a singing church. Our sanctuary choir and our senior adult choir sing beautiful music. We enjoy coming and listening to them. We stand in awe of our Savior as we listen to the choirs. But what about our singing? Why do we sing about Jesus? In Psalm 138:5 it says, “And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.” This seems to be a command in scripture. Charles Spurgeon writes of this verse in his classic devotion Morning and Evening, “The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God.” It should be in the nature of the redeemed that we sing of our Redeemer. We will spend all of eternity singing before the throne of God. My motivation for singing is found in Revelation 1:5-6, “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood – and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father – to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” I sing about three wonderful things in those verses.
When I was pastor of a church in Oklahoma I had another minister in town say to me, “what we believe is what we sing.”
I have thought about that statement many times. There is so much of our theology wrapped up in the hymns and songs that we sing. We believe in the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse our sin. That is why we love to sing the hymn, “There’s Power in the Blood.” We believe that God’s grace is amazing, therefore we sing, “Amazing Grace.” I believe that there needs to be a fresh call to examine what we sing. Whenever we come to a worship service we are involved in singing. Is the theology in the song sound? Does the text stand the scrutiny of scripture? Our hymns and songs of praise declare our faith. When we sing we are declaring to God our praise for Him. When we sing we are declaring to a lost world, this is what I believe!
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