“God helps those who call upon His name, the great I AM is worthy to be praised…” It seems that I hear these words streaming out of Lily’s mouth at least once daily! The child’s soundtrack stems from the children’s musical songs presented a few weeks ago and accompanies her dancing, playing, running, jumping and sometimes eating! I am overjoyed that she has this song on her heart – even if I wish she would change the station every once in a while.
Why are God’s people a singing people? Is it cultural? An expectation? A tradition?
Believers in the one true God and His son Jesus Christ have raised their voices in songs of praise since the ancient of days. When the Israelites were delivered from the hand of Pharaoh they sang a song (Exodus 15), we read numerous passages about the preparation of temple musicians in the Chronicles, the songs of David and others are recorded in the Psalms, Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn in the upper room (Matthew 26:30), the midnight hymn sessions of the imprisoned Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25), Paul’s words in Romans 15:9, I Corinthians 14:15 and Ephesians 5:19. Finally, in Revelation, we even read of the songs of the angels in chapter 15. God’s people are a singing people regardless of giftedness, talent or even desire to sing!
Read carefully Paul’s words to the church in Colosse. “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” Colossians 3:16.
Paul articulates that one of the ways the message of Christ (or the Word of Christ in some translations) penetrates us is through our singing. It is one of the ways that we are taught about God’s love, grace, mercy, and praiseworthiness. The list truly goes on and on. Not only do our songs rise in praise to God but they also teach the truths of our faith at the same time.
Lily was experiencing this with the songs from the children’s musical. Those words of truth were being imprinted on her mind, and I pray on her feisty little heart. She, like the believers of all the generations of this world, has been taught by the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs of her church. She certainly has much more to learn and this knowledge will not save her, but seeds of the Kingdom have been planted in this child and so many others.
I encourage each of you to consider what you are singing this morning. Do not sing the words as if they are insignificant, empty or lacking in power. We worship a living God who knows our heart even as we worship Him. God doesn’t care what the song sounds like, or where you have been, or what you have done. All that He desires is for you to bow down to Him. So sing on, church, and walk in a more intimate relationship with the God of the universe as you sing your song.
Minister of Music