When you hear a song that resonates deep within your soul, how does it make you feel?
When you’re happy and the beat of a song provides a joyful outlet, how does it make you feel?
When you’re sad and sing along with a melancholy song, how does it make you feel?
Music is a powerful way of communicating our feelings, and the right music can make us feel heard and happy, it can also help us process our emotions. It even allows us to express how we’re feeling in a way our spoken words often can’t.
Music is so important that “The Bible contains over 400 references to singing and 50 direct commands to sing. We’re commanded twice in the New Testament to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)” (Bob Kauflin).
Why does God ask us to sing?
God exults over us with singing, so why wouldn’t we praise him through our own singing?
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”Zephaniah 3:17
Singing also helps us better understand and remember scripture and the Gospel. The rhythmic beats and repetitive works make worship songs easier to digest than words along.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”Colossians 3:16
As mentioned earlier, singing allows us to express ourselves better. While we sing our praise to God through worship we are able to use words, hums, or clapping to communicate our thankfulness, hope, and praise.
In corporate worship, worship music allows us to come together with other believers and praise him collectively. There is something so uplifting and unifying in being able to agree with other believers in worship.
I love music, and I love to praise the Lord with worship music. I love to listen to it, sing it, and dance to it. I guess that’s a good thing since God commands us to do it!
Do you love to worship through music? What is your favorite song or hymn?