One of my highlights of every Sunday Service gathering, besides the sermon, is singing. It is singing together with God’s people. I enjoy singing my heart out with other believers. It is such a joy for me to be able to join others in declaring God’s faithfulness and goodness to us as believers. I enjoy every bit of it.
One of the main reasons why I enjoy joining others in congregational singing is because our singing in the church is compelled by the revelation of something glorious, the gospel! It is incredible when we sing of ‘How deep the father’s love for us’, that He sent Jesus to die for us. It is wonderful to sing together that ‘In Christ alone, our Hope is found!’ It is glorious when we all wonder together, And can it be that we should gain from an interest in the Savior’s blood! And I can go on and on with examples of what we sing; songs that are rich of the gospel, are Christ exalting and very edifying.
My experience has been that most times when we sing such gospel saturated songs, I am reminded again of what Jesus has achieved for me. This reminder helps sharpen my priorities and my behavior throughout the week. To put it differently, I have found that my singing takes Sunday’s truths to Monday. Yes, singing does that. It helps me remember the Scripture and helps me to keep uprooting the weeds of worry and fear that comes with a new week. Singing, and more so with other believers has greatly impacted my life as a believer.
The Bible calls us to sing. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that singing is for believers. The Psalter is full of Psalms that call believers to sing to the LORD. For instance, here is what one famous Psalm calls believers to do:
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:1-2)
Do you see here how the Bible calls us to join in making a joyful noise to the Lord? And what better place to do this, than when we believers meet every Sunday morning. As we meet for our Sunday Services to hear the Word, to pray the Word, to read the Word, we should as well go ahead and sing the Word to one another. And it is beautiful when we do it together.
The temptation with most of us is to think we are not good at singing. I think that too: “I can’t sing!” What we usually mean with this, is that we cannot lead in music at church for our voices are not as good and ‘professional’ as it should. But this shouldn’t discourage or keep us from joining other believers on Sunday gatherings to sing.
In their book Sing! How worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church, the seasoned hymn writers and singers Keith and Kristen Getty call believers to keep singing the gospel together in church. Quoting Ephesians 5:19-20, where Paul calls believers to be speaking to one another with Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, they highlight that Paul in these verses doesn’t call believers to perform for one another, but to sing to one another. Yes, this is what we are called to do when we meet: to sing the gospel to one another.
The Gettys in this book encourage many believers to love singing with other believers in a local church, as a congregation of living stones. And because saved people are singing people, here is what they urge you and I to do:
“So when you sing, look around. Encourage others with what you are singing, and expect to be encouraged by the fact that there are others singing with you and to you! All our individual stories meet at the cross-section of the worship service. We are reminded that we are not alone- we are members of a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-everything family. We are reminded that we are not sufficient, for we need a savior. We are reminded that we need not despair, for we have the spirit within us. And we remind each other of all this as we sing together.” (Sing, pg. 73)
With such a call, why don’t we meet next Sunday, to sing the Word together to God and to one another.
By Ken Irungu.