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Sing for Me

I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 146:2

We have been watching a lot of football lately. My university has had the best football season since, well, pretty much ever. And it’s fun! My husband has been known to rewind an awesome catch to see it over and over. I get it, but I don’t appreciate the skill as much as he does. I, on the other hand, love music. I appreciate real musicianship and tight harmony. I have been known to replay songs from the show, “The Sing-Off,” that highlight sweet chords with the same amount of awe.

I love to sing, and I love being a part of my worship ministry at our church. If we get a little excited when we sing, it’s ok. That’s what we do. I also understand that not everyone feels the same way as I do about singing. But how does God feel about singing? How does He view our worship?

Well, He mentions and even commands us to sing to Him over and over. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them (Isaiah 42:10). Even God sings. The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). Of course, God loves music! He created it!

I read the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, which is a daily blog from Jim Denison. This topic was discussed recently and spoke a new truth to me. We don’t sing because we like to or we feel strongly about it, we sing because our God loves it, and He feels strongly about it. It’s not for us; it’s for Him. This is why singing collectively can be so incredibly powerful. God is enthroned (Psalm 22:3).

When gift giving, we give the receiver what he likes. I wouldn’t buy my husband symphony or ballet tickets, I would buy him football tickets. Give God a gift that He desires, your singing, your worship.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Lord, may our worship be pleasing to You.

Julie Smith

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