By Joe Chesser
I love to worship in
song. I always have. My mother instilled this in me at an early age. We of
course sang during our worship at church assemblies. But there were many other
times when we sang “church” songs together at family gatherings, or with
friends, or at area-wide singings, or at Bible camps and VBS. I was privileged
to sing with Christian choirs in high school and college, and on several other
occasions. Sometimes my wife and I would just open up a song book and sing
together. I just love to sing. Singing moves my heart closer to God.
However, not everyone
was raised to love singing like I was. Not everyone enjoys singing like I do.
And that’s ok. But what’s not ok is to have a negative attitude about singing.
Why? Because singing is God’s idea.
In seems that in lots of
churches singing is becoming an afterthought, even a drudgery. It seems that
some are only doing it because that’s what they’ve always done or because it is
an “item of worship.” It seems that many
song leaders just select their songs without much forethought or planning, and
that church leaders and church members fail to attach much importance or value
to singing. This may be an exaggeration, but my point is to encourage us all to
refocus our attention on the fact that singing is God’s idea. And because it is
His idea, perhaps we need to reevaluate why He wants us to sing, and even more
so, why He wants me to sing.
Singing is not just for
those who can sing well. It is awesome and inspiring when singing is beautiful,
and we should work at singing the best we can. But a beautiful sound is not the
main point. According to Colossians 3.16 the reason for singing is for teaching
and admonishing one another with the word of Christ that dwells richly in our
hearts. Certainly we can teach and admonish each other without music. That what
preachers and teachers and parents do. But it’s God’s idea to also do it with
singing. God knows music has a way of moving and influencing us in ways that
nothing else can. Different kinds of songs (psalms, hymns, spiritual songs)
teach and admonish us in different ways than merely speaking the words can do.
When music is combined with spiritual lyrics, we can be affected deeply as we
make melody in our hearts (Ephesians 5.19). PLUS, we can impact others, and
that is one thing God wants us to do in worship, according to the above
- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland Church of Christ, Fruitland, MO. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org