I was born to sing! One of my first memories as a little child of almost three is of singing. It was, in fact, a very sad song about a cat that even had me crying real tears while I was mewing. I am pretty sure this memory comes from the time that my grandma died. Everyone in the house was sad, so I think I picked up on it…and expressed that sadness in a little song. Later on there were many loud and happy songs that I loved to sing. My friend and I would swing on the swings in her yard and sing at the tops of our lungs…”and they call the wind Mariah!” or “Ghost riders in the sky! Yippee-yi-yay!” The neighbors never complained…at least, not that we knew of.
Did you know that the subject of “singing/song” is a major emphasis of the Bible? There are 254 references to using the voice to make music. Evidently, God loves to hear us sing! In fact, in the aptly named “Song of Songs” He even tells us so. Song 2:14 “…show me your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.” NIV Wow! Think that over! (Selah!) He still finds these wrinkles and my croaky, over-used voice pleasant. 🙂
A great number of those 254 references I mentioned are even commands to sing! “Sing to the Lord.” or “Sing praises to our God.” There are even 9 places where we are told to sing a new song to the Lord. A song we have never sung before, one straight from the heart, born of our love for Him. Try it! Right now! Sing a “Hallelujah,” a “God is great!” a “Holy are You, Lord!” You don’t even have to have a complicated melody. Just put your voice in singing mode and go for it! It is an excellent way to communicate with Him. You know that He inhabits the praises of His people? I just imagine Him saying, “Oh, what is that sound I hear? Let me come closer to this one who is praising me.” There’s the blessing! His Presence.
God has given us the gift of singing as one way to communicate. Music is powerful, so don’t lose your song! Are you singing? I mean, are you singing a new song to the Lord every day? I have to say that sometimes I find myself in a very dry or troublesome time when I don’t feel like lifting up my voice. These are the times when the song is most important and most powerful. When your worship can help to deliver you.
When Jehosaphat found himself in an impossible battle, he sought the Lord, who told him to put the singers first, the instruments next, and go out against the ememies. God handed them a great victory without even having to raise a sword! (2 Chron.20)
Sometimes we just don’t feel like it! Depression, grief, distress, and weariness are some of the things that will steal your song. The people of Israel had been taken captive into Babylon, and were pressed to sing for their captors. In grief and homesickness, they hung their harps on the willow trees and said, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137) God understands that we feel that way sometimes, but His Word encourages us to lift up a song! Listen to His promise in Isaiah 30: 29:
“Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.”
Yes, I was born to sing. And so were you! So sing to the Lord every day. Serenade the Almighty! He is blessed when He hears your voice! So bless the Lord! Give Him the thing that He desires! Your song of praise! Don’t hold back … He is your Audience of One!
Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, Chief Musician, fill us with your Holy Spirit, so that when we sing our songs to You, we will worship in Spirit and in Truth. Remind us to sing even when we don’t feel like it…to give You the Sacrifice of Praise, the fruit of our lips and our hearts. In Jesus’ name,
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15