Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, (1 Chronicles 16:8-12)
There Is Nothing Like Singing Praises To God
One of the greatest gifts given to man is the ability to communicate. With the tongue man is able to share knowledge, express love in a deeper way, recount stories of courage and talk of the wonderful blessings of his Creator. Speech is the central character of man as it expresses the meanings of the heart. The power of the tongue is evident by the manner the Lord dispersed man across the earth when He confused their language at Babel. Throughout the generations of worship the voice is lifted to God in praise. He wants us to talk to him. His desire is to hear the words of His children. Singing is the magnificent tool of God’s creation that makes the heart fill with the grace of the Lord.
What a joy singing is. Much is made about the way we sing with timing, tempo, and tune. While these elements are important we should never leave the impression the Lord is impressed by grandiose voices of operatic proficiency. It may be that many people do not sing because they “do not have a good voice” and so become timid in their worship. This is sad. The Lord’s ear wants to hear hearts singing praise – not mouths singing in perfect pitch. Joy is found in singing praises to God from lives that are moved with the bounty of God’s grace in hymns, His love in the psalms of praise and voices that fill the air with spiritual songs. Blending voices together with fellow saints is a most exhilarating experience.
Songs are written to move the heart. The book of Psalms is a wonderful example of how much the people of God loved to praise Him. Modern day hymn writers place words and music together bringing harmony with the word of God in a joyful expression of praise. When we gather and sing together it is a true foretaste of the eternal joy of singing around the throne of the Almighty. We should all sing no matter how we sound. Our Lord wants to hear us. He wants to know what is in our hearts. We need to desire spending time with one another in song. How beautiful the voices of the saved blending together in wonderful praise to our God who loves us. What a joy it is to sing.
Music is a tonic for the saddened soul, a roaring meg (cannon) against melancholy, to rear and revive the languishing soul. (Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621)