Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:1-3)
Since I lead worship at Timberlake Redmond on the weekends, I get to have regular conversations with people about the music. Most people have great things to say like, “that really spoke to me” or “thank you for leading that song. It’s exactly what I needed”. I also hear the occasional, “it’s too loud.” One of the more popular questions I get asked is “why do we sing songs every week”? That is a question I love to hear and I’m going to answer right now.
Have you ever found yourself driving to work, listening to the radio singing out loud because the song has something about it that makes you lose yourself? Have you ever wondered why music has the tendency to put you in a certain mood? Music is one of the most influential ways to express yourself and how you feel. It’s a great avenue to have fun with friends or just sit back, listen and enjoy the lyrics. It has the power to convey feelings and declarations that you may not know how to express. Music is powerful!
We sing songs as a church because it is our opportunity to give thanks to the one who created us. Worship is the believer’s response with all that they are – mind, emotions, will and body – to what God is, says and does. Although I love so many old and new songs it’s truly not about the song we sing but the reasons we sing. Don’t sing because it’s just what we do on a weekly basis. Sing because you want to give thanks and adoration to the God who created you, who gave you breath and who has a purpose for you. Let it be your opportunity to declare His promises over your life.
I hope to hear you all singing a little louder this weekend…