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.
· First, the Lord loves me – v.5, “To Him who loves us” I sing because of His unconditional love for me. For God so loved even me that He gave His one and only Son to die for me. He died a death I could never die and He lived a life I could never live. I sing of His love for me.
· Second, the Lord loosed me – v.5,”and released us from our sins by His blood” I sing because I have been loosed from the shackles of my sin. I was in bondage to sin, but now I have been set free. The word redeemed means, “to be set free from something.” I have been loosed and set free from the slavery of sin. I sing of my Redeemer.
· Third, the Lord lifted me – v.6,”and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” He has made me a priest. I have gone from a slave to sin to a priest before the throne of God. What a promotion that is. A priest is an intercessor, the one who stands in the gap between a Holy God and sinful man. I have the honor of interceding before the throne of God. I sing because He has lifted me to new heights of glory.
The wonderful hymn, “I will sing of my Redeemer” has a great text. The hymn writer, Phillip P. Bliss, writes in the first verse, “I will sing of my Redeemer, And His wondrous love to me; On the cruel cross He suffered, From the curse to set me free. Sing, oh sing of my Redeemer, with His blood He purchased me, On the cross He sealed my pardon, Paid the debt, and made me free.”
Blessings for singing to your Savior!
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister