“Sing praises to God, sing praises, sing praises unto our King, sing praises. “ Psalm 47:6
In kindergarten I was chosen to be the milk monitor. The job was to go to the office to pick up the milk for the class. I and a friend decided to stop off in the restroom. I immediately got distracted and started to sing. As we discovered our echo we got louder and louder singing then screaming at the top of our lungs. Well as you can guess, the principal and teachers ran in thinking, something was wrong! We said no, we were just singing…
As Christians one of the greatest joys we have is singing to our God. Sadly it has become apparent that not all believers share the same enthusiasm for singing praises to our King. Have you ever noticed people in church who don’t participate in worship? Who refuse to sing or lift their hands. I don’t understand that. Chuck Smith said, “True praise rises spontaneously from the heart, recognizing God’s goodness and grace” Its when we recognize what He’s done, who He is , and His merciful grace, we can’t help but respond. How do you respond? Don’t you feel like praising Him? Some people use the excuse that they don’t have a good voice or they really don’t like that type of music. When I was on the worship team brothers and sisters in the Lord would come and make suggestions as to maybe play more upbeat music or complain it was too loud, etc. It’s not entertainment nor a performance where the audience just sits and watches.
The word sing is mentioned 121 times in the bible. It is the most recorded of the commandments, to sing to the Lord! There are 50 direct commands to sing. Did you know it is a commandment? Why does God command us not only to praise him but to sing? We can begin by realizing God himself sings. Zeph. 3:17 “ The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty God who will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you by His love, He will exult over you with loud singing” Jesus sang hymns with His disciples. No doubt as Jewish tradition has it, Mary and Joseph raised Jesus singing and reciting prayers in the morning, while washing, before eating, before they left the house and at bedtime.
When my kids were little we made up songs to memorize scriptures. We even sang a melody to learn the order of the books of the bible. We remember patterns in music. In Deut. 31 -32 God gives a song to Moses to help His people remember His words as a constant reminder. In Exodus 15 the Song of Moses and Miriam that the children of Israel sang is recorded. In 2 Sam. 22, David sings a song of praise. Luke 1:46-55 mentions Mary’s Song . In Acts 16:25 Paul and Silas sang hymns while in prison. So many people are mentioned singing in the bible. Lastly in Rev. 5 states we will all be worshipping the Lord in heaven. God delights to hear His children sing to Him.
Are you being blessed? Sing praises to the God! Are you experiencing trials? Sing praises to the God! Are you not feeling like singing? Sing praises to the Lord. Ask God by His Spirit to put a new song into your heart. Sing praises in the car, sing praises at home. Obey Gods command and sing praises to our King!