Why Should I Sing?
If there is one thing I’ve heard church music leaders talk about most it’s been the fact that there are some in the congregation who just won’t sing. And honestly, I’ve read and heard a lot of different reasons why. But instead of talking about why people DON’T sing, I want to talk about why we SHOULD sing.
If you are one who does sing, doesn’t sing, or only sings every once in a while, I believe we can all be challenged today on why we should join in our church’s congregational singing. Because the reality is that our song preferences, our mood, our pride, and even our musical ability are all inadequate excuses for not singing to our Lord.
Each one of us have a responsibility to God, to our church family, and to ourselves to join in congregational singing! So why should we sing?
Our God Is Worthy
This should be obvious! But honestly, our God is worthy of our praise.
We can see this all throughout Scripture:
2 Samuel 22:4
“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised…
Revelation 4:11 –
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
Really, we could probably spend an entire day just naming off Scriptures that tell us that our God is worthy. But think about it. We don’t just know this from Scripture! We also know this because of how He has worked in our own lives.
Many times in the Bible, people would start to sing because of something the Lord had done for them (Exodus 15:1, for instance). They couldn’t help but lift their voices together in praise!
Now think about who God is and what He has done for you: His mercies are new every morning and will endure forever; He demonstrated His love for you on the cross while you were at your lowest and most despicable state; He has brought you through some rough times; He has spoken to you, challenged you, and encouraged you through His Word; He has created you with a purpose; He is watching over you; and He is sustaining you this very moment by giving you breath in your lungs.
Doesn’t He deserve to be sung about? Doesn’t He deserve to be sung to? Doesn’t He deserve your participation? Of course He does! He is worthy of it all!
We Are Instructed To Do So
Throughout the Psalms, you can find a plethora of verses that mention praising, worshipping, or singing unto our God. However, something I find interesting is that a lot of them are worded in a way that is instructing us to do so.
Psalm 66: 1-2
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
If you look at the grammar context of those statements, the subject is an understood you. That means these are imperative statements. YOU make a joyful noise. YOU sing forth. YOU make his praise glorious. It’s a personal call for each one of us to lift our voice to the Lord. Did you notice that there were no disclaimers on those statements either? It didn’t say “Make a joyful noise unto God, unless you don’t like the song”, or “Sing forth the honour of his name, unless you don’t think you can sing”, or “Make his praise glorious, unless you’re too tired in church today.” It simply tells us to do it.
It Edifies And Encourages Our Church Family
In Colossians 3:16, the Word of God says:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Did you catch that last part? Teaching (edifying, discipling, helping each other to grow) and admonishing (building up, encouraging) one another. How? By singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. The way that you sing has a direct impact on the church family you are a part of. Is the way we are singing edifying and encouraging the person next to us? Is it helping the new believer two rows in front of you to grow? Is it encouraging the one leading in songs to see and hear the way I am singing?
Your voice may not be amazing. It may not be spectacular. But it is precious in the eyes of the Lord. It pleases the Lord to see his children lifting their voices in praise to Him. But it is also encouraging to those who see and hear it. There are people I know that have some of the worst singing voices ever. However, those same people are some of my favorite to listen to and watch during congregational singing. Why? Because they are singing with their whole heart to the Lord.
When you’re singing with your heart, and when you sing to the Lord, others are affected.
A few months ago, there was a man from our church, a dear friend, who was battling cancer. And one Sunday, he came in, and sat in his normal spot. Well, I got up on the platform with our opening ensemble and started the service with the chorus to “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” When the chorus was ended, I asked the congregation to stand and join with us in singing this beautiful song. Our congregation stood! But not this man. His cancer was getting worse and he was too weak to stand on this day. However, the instant we started on the first verse, this man’s hands went straight in the air. And throughout the entire song, He sang with hands lifted in praise and tears in his eyes. Which, to me as a music pastor, is an awesome sight to see anyway! But as I sang together with this man on the third verse and chorus of this song, my eyes filled with tears. You see, that particular verse goes as follows:
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousands years and then forevermore
Bless the Lord, oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
This man, whose life at the time was characterized by this verse and chorus, moved my heart, and the heart of every person who heard and saw him sing that day. It challenged us, it grew our faith, and it encouraged us.
You never know who in your church might need the encouragement. So sing! And sing with your heart!
It Prepares Us For Heaven
One day, for all of eternity, those who are saved will be in Heaven with Jesus, singing praises to His name forevermore. We will be singing to the Lord all day, every day, for the rest of eternity. Why wait until eternity to sing? We are going to be doing it for a LONG time when we get to Heaven.
Revelation 5:9 –
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
So why not start now?
Now, obviously there are many more reasons we should sing. When we sing in church, we are spiritually strengthened for trials, we are rooted in God’s Word, and we are a witness for God to the lost. But I hope that each of us would be challenged to join in congregational singing, regardless of our preferences, fear, or pride.
“Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.”
Micah Bosworth is the Music Pastor of Moses Lake Baptist Church in Moses Lake, WA.