Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! (Psalm 98:1)
Why do Christians sing?—or more exactly, why do we sing as a way of worshiping God?
Psalm 98 gives us several reasons. It recounts in some detail—enough to stir our hearts—the marvelous things God has done:
- God has rescued and redeemed us: “His right hand and holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The LORD has made known His salvation…” (v. 1b-2a)
- God has spoken and thereby made Himself known to humankind: “He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations…” (v. 2b)
- God does not forsake His people, but continually demonstrates to us His covenant love and faithfulness so that the world may see us as “living proof” that His salvation makes the difference: “He has remembered His steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God” (v. 3).
- Making us in His image, God has given us a unique capacity to sing and make music to glorify Him and proclaim His Kingdom: “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!” (v. 4–6).
- God has made the world and everything in it to glorify Him: “Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the LORD…” (v. 7–9a).
- The world and everything in it will glorify God when He comes to judge the earth: “…for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity” (9b).
If we have all these reasons to sing to God (and there are countless more), why then are our hearts often so reluctant to join the song?
The truth is, you need to sing much more than you realize, because the desires of your heart are so easily hijacked and directed toward lesser things. And songs of praise, when sung by faith, possess a magnetic pull; they have a way of bringing you back to the presence God when your heart has wandered from Him:
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, Lord—take it, seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
So I encourage you, Christian: sing God’s praises today as a way of magnetizing your heart toward His supreme worth, toward His presence.
He has created you and redeemed you to worship Him. Will you join the song? Will you come to church this Sunday ready to lift your voice? Our God has done marvelous things indeed:
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood
PRAYER & REFLECTION
- Is it easy for you to sing? Do you often go about the activities of your day with a song of praise on your lips? Why or why not? Ask God to put a song in your heart so that you might worship Him wherever you are.
- What impact has singing with the church had on your life? Can you think of a time when it made a difference for you? What difference could it make for you as you gather with LifePoint this Sunday?
- Will you prepare to sing this Sunday? Will you take time to use the song resources below? Ask God to stir your heart through the words and music of these songs so that when Sunday comes, your heart is filled with praise and ready to burst out with worship among the people of God.
Set List for Sunday, June 23, 2019
- Only King Forever (C. Brown, M. Brock, S. Furtick, W. Joye)
- You Never Change (M. Dawes, A. Ivey, J. Reeves)
- Living Hope (B. Johnson, P. Wickham)
- Come Thou Fount (R. Robinson)
- Your Mercy (M. Dawes, A. Ivey, B. Land, J. McCreary)