Have you ever wondered why we were created with the ability to sing? It doesn’t matter if you have a great voice or a not-so-great voice, you probably find yourself singing from time to time. The truth is that singing is something God gave us for the purpose of praising Him.
Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!
God wants us to not only say righteous and true things about Him, He wants us to sing those things as well. Here are three reasons we should sing praises to God:
Singing Helps Us Remember
There is something about singing that helps us to remember words and phrases. A perfect example of this is the Alphabet Song. How many kids do you think would remember the alphabet without that melody to go along with it? The point is this: we should sing truth to remember truth. The Bible commands us in multiple places to praise God with singing.
Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
In Deuteronomy 31, Israel is getting ready to enter the promised land and God tells Moses to teach them a song so that they will not forget the words He was speaking to them. We are wired as humans to remember things when they have a melody to them. Think of a jingle that you have heard from a commercial–it gets stuck in your head and plays over and over (and over) again, because it’s set to music. While this quality can become annoying at times, our ability to remember words and melodies is redeemed in the context of worship music. It is for this reason that our songs should be filled with rich theology and truths about God.
Singing Helps Us Combine Doctrine and Devotion
When we sing, we are combining head and heart. Singing is meant to stir up our emotions and our affections. One person said that there is no other reason that we should sing other than to move our emotions and affections. Singing is different from just declaring something because it allows God’s people to do it in unison and together within the rhythms of the beat. Coupling biblical realities and truths with a musical melody has a way of moving us and deeply impacting us.
Singing Helps Us to Look Forward
When we sing here on earth, we are anticipating what it will be like in Heaven. The book of Revelation gives us glimpses of what Heaven will be like when countless multitudes are praising God through singing.
Revelation 5:13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
While worshipping God through song is not the only thing we will be doing in Heaven, it will be a significant part of what we will be doing. So as we sing praises to God on this side of Heaven, we should understand that we are getting a foretaste of what it will be like in eternity to worship God with every nation, tribe, and tongue.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- Do you enjoy singing? Why? How many times in a week would you say that you sing (regardless if it was for 5 seconds or 1 hour)?
- In your own words, why do you think it is important to worship God through song?
- What are some of your favorite worship songs? Why do you like these so much?
- Read Deuteronomy 31:19. Why do you think God wanted Moses to teach them a song?
- What are some jingles/kids songs that get stuck in your head? Why are they so easy to remember?
- What does it mean that singing helps combine doctrine and devotion (head and heart)?
- Recall a time where you had a power experience with music (concert, worship night, etc.). Why was it so moving?
- Read Revelation 5:13. Have you thought about what it will be like to worship God in this magnitude? Explain your interpretation of this verse.
- Action step: Next time you are in a congregational worship setting, remind yourself of Revelation 5:13 and see how that changes your perspective of singing together with fellow believers.