By Jude St. Aime
Many of us pray in our daily devotions, read our bible, are quiet in the presence of the Lord – this is all good! But the Bible clearly reminds us to sing unto God a new song, sing to Him praises for what He has done for us. Singing to God should be part of our spiritual formation; it should be part of our daily living.
The Bible stresses the importance of singing worship to our Lord in a number of ways, including as evidenced in Psalm 59: “…But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble, O my strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”
And in Isaiah 12:5 we are instructed to “Sing to the Lord, for he has done great things, Let this be known to the world.” Then there’s 1 Chronicles 16:23: “Sing praises to God, ALL the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.”
That’s just a small sample of what the Bible has to say about singing; there are more than 136 references to singing to the Lord in His Word.
Are you always grateful for what the Lord has done in your life? I would encourage you to sing it; sing these words of praise to our Lord and Savior.O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Webster defines the word consider as “to think carefully about (something) typically before making a decision; think about and be drawn toward.” Can you think about His love? Think about His goodness? Think about His grace? Think about His Love and mercy?
Songwriter Dennis Jernigan wrote the words to the song “You Are My All in All.” The chorus is a true declaration of the power in the name of Jesus: “Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name.”You are my strength when I am weak You are the treasure that I seek You are my all in all Seeking You as a precious jewel Lord, to give up I’d be a fool You are my all in all
In this very moment, could this be your song? Do you need reassurance that there is wondrous working power in the name of Jesus?While a song can make a difference, it’s not all about the song. It is about the heart! Our heart has to tell the story, and our heart needs to be in tune with the Lord! Songwriter Matt Redman reminds us of that in his song “The Heart of Worship”: I’ll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself Is not what You have required You search much deeper within through the way things appear You’re looking into my heart I’m coming back to the heart of worship And it’s all about You, all about You, Jesus I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it When it’s all about You, all about You, Jesus
I encourage you to communicate with God through prayer, study His promises and get to know Him through the reading of the Bible. And sing songs of praise to His name!I want to sing it, I want to shout it I want to tell you all about it; The love of Jesus, the love of Jesus It brings the glory to my soul.
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 104:33)