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Why Should We Sing?


Because it’s a gift

I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD. —Psalm 104:33-34

Do you have a certain song that touches you? A song that really motivates you or makes you happy, or even sad?  There are a couple songs in our song books that literally give me goose bumps every time we sing them in services. Singing is such a wonderful gift from God and to God. Singing lets us express our happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and successes. It is also a way for us to show our respect, appreciation, and love to God. So let's “sing to the Lord”, praising our God, rejoicing in what He has done, and what He has promised to do.

Because God loves us

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.—Psalm 90:14

Oh, the dating years. I can remember the nervousness and the excitement very well. And now I am part of it again, as I see my son going through it. You remember: you’re in love, and everything is so perfect because of that love.

You sing in the shower, you sing, well you just sing all the time. Shouldn’t we have that same feeling all the time, knowing that we have a God who loves us with a love that never ends or fades?  That should make us want to sing with joy and thankfulness. So every morning, instead of dreading another day at work or school, we should start the day with singing because of God’s grace and mercy, which comes from that unfailing love.

Because God is in us and around us

For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.—Psalm 92:4

Creation, there are no words that can describe it fully or do it justice. It’s inconceivable the greatness and splendor of God’s works. Just look around us, from the dawn of a new day when flowers begin to open, to the magical night with stars and planets that are light years away. Think of the incredible complexities and marvels of the earth skies and seas, God is everywhere.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.  Just look at our own life, all of our sicknesses, diseases, our persecutions and trials, and all the tragedies we are exposed to. Sometimes they just seem to never end. They all lead us to God for support and ultimately Heaven.

As Jesus said in John 5:17, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working."

 Yes, it does make us glad to know that we are not alone in working through our own life (Psalm 139):

1You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

17How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

23Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. —Phil. 2:13

There is an inherent joy at knowing God is at work in us and for us. It’s no wonder singing praise is such a natural response for us!

And finally,

Because God is worthy of it

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.—Colossians 3:16

We sing for so many reasons. We sing when we are happy and when we are sad. We sing praises to God, but we also need to sing because we are grateful to Him. We are grateful for Jesus. At the root of it all we are grateful for Jesus, because it is through Him that we have life everlasting, and that alone should make us want to sing all the time with thankfulness in our hearts to the one true God!

Gary Richards