Sing!

Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:19-20 (NLT)

When I was a kid and my mom would still send me off to school, she’d stand on the front step and holler out a song title at my sister and I. She would then stand on the step until she could hear us singing the song as we walked down the street.

More often than not, that song would stay with us throughout the day and we’d come home singing choruses like This is the Day or Celebrate Jesus (it was the nineties, have a little grace).

Mom was on to something. Her intent was to send us off to school with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Now, more than 20 years later, I’m still asking God to give me songs to sing while I work. When I’m alone in an room with great acoustics, why wouldn’t I sing? And if someone else walks in the room and hears me praising God while I work, what does that matter?

Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs aren’t just things to do to fill the silence, but they are a byproduct of being filled with the Holy Spirit and allowing him to control our lives. Verse 19 is preceded by this:

Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you.

Ephesians 5:18b (NLT)

Then you will sing...

If you’ve got the Holy Spirit, don’t be afraid to sing the songs he puts in your heart. Even if you can’t sing. My dad always says that God told us to make a joyful noise. He never said it had to be on key.

So sing!

Daily Bible reading: Isaiah 27-28, Ephesians 5

Turn on

I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.

A.W. Tozer

I can guarantee that I’m not the only worship leader who often steps off the stage feeling discouraged by the numerous people sipping coffee, checking their phones or wandering in when the last song is winding down.

It’s a cultural thing, I’ve heard. Whose culture? Not ours. Our culture has no problem whatsoever worshipping whether it be celebrities, sports teams, video games, or new phone apps. When more attention is given to the fact that the barista got your coffee wrong than seeking the presence of God, a giant warning light should go off.

With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:41 (ESV)

When King David brought the ark of the covenant back into Jerusalem, he chose a worship team and gave them a permanent position at the tent. He picked the best musicians and singers for the job. Why? So he could have the coolest sounding band in town? No. Because God’s steadfast love endures forever. David picked the best so that they could give God the best simply because He deserves it.

David went so far as to trade his royal robes for those of a priest as he ushered the ark into the city. He gave worship a greater place than his status as king.

I believe that in public worship we should do well to be bound by no human rules, and constrained by no stereotyped order.

Charles Spurgeon

Corporate worship is a regular gracious reminder that it’s not about you. You’ve been born into a life that is a celebration of another.

Paul David Tripp

I could list quote after quote from the Bible and great men and women of faith both current and those who have gone before us. There is a great truth to all of it – worship is not about us and how we feel (comfortable or not). Worship is our response to who God is and who we are in light of Him.

Surely that which occupies the total time and energies of heaven must be a fitting pattern for earth.

Paul E. Billheimer

Daily Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 14-16; John 9:24-41