Singing has always been a part of my life. I was raised a preacher’s daughter, and at age 5, sang my first solo. I married a preacher’s son who also grew up singing in church. We raised two daughters who love to sing.
It drew our voices closer in harmony and connected us deeper with Jesus’ powerful words of truth. It connected us with each other (of course, not without some family arguments). In a hospital room, I watched in awe as our premature granddaughter grew stronger and our hopes lifted as we sang over her tiny, helpless body each day.
So now you get it. Me and my family love singing. I’m assuming you love singing, too? Maybe you prefer the spoken message and wait patiently for the singing to end or grin and bear it because the music style doesn’t match yours? If this is you, then here are a few thoughts as to why singing really does matter.
SINGING CONNECTS US WITH GOD AND GOD’S WORD
God himself sings over us. “…..He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you in singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17b)
The Apostle Paul commands us to sing. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Colossians 3:16). Words of scripture put to repetitive tunes, beats, and rhythms connect our minds, bodies and spirits to God’s Word. Scientists now understand that our brains are wired to remember music better than words alone. The power of music is seen when Alzheimer’s patients can’t remember the day, time or their closest family members but will remember a song they learned as a child.
SINGING BREAKS THROUGH OUR HARDNESS OF HEART
Singing should be an emotional event and should affect us in some way. It is intended to stir our emotions and engage us with God in a way that steers
our words, thoughts, choices, and actions. Of course, this doesn’t happen 100% of the time. I’ve been guilty of singing songs while thinking about what to have for lunch. There have been dark times when my song sings over a feeling of numbness. The good news is that we serve a merciful God who used music in the past and wants to use it again to break through our apathy and hardness of heart. When we pray and ask for Him to have mercy on us during these seasons, He is faithful to answer. When we become vulnerable before Him and tune into His Words of love for us, singing draws us closer to Him.
SINGING STRENGTHENS US IN TIMES OF SUFFERING
It is the gospel that unites us – not the style of music. I love the people in my church not because of the type of music they listen to but because Jesus’ death enables me to love them. This bond grows even stronger during times of corporate suffering. In Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas were unjustly prisoned for the sake of the Gospel, and what do they do while they’re in prison?
There have been similar modern day stories where persecuted, imprisoned Christians responded with singing and were made stronger in their dire circumstances. If it can strengthen them in the face of trials, what can it do for us?
I hope we all learn to love singing. I pray we will continue singing for God’s glory and for the advancement of the gospel until our time on earth is up and we go where we will sing forever!