Music and the Church

 

Ever wonder why we sing in church? Or if God ever uses music to reach His people? Those where the same questions I asked myself as I sat down to write my students’ chapel program this past school year. I am a huge lover of music and God often speaks to me through music; and it’s also one of the ways I can relate to people.  So in preparation for writing the chapel program, I started to do a lot of research on music in the church.  I read so many theology papers and writings that my head hurt. But what I discovered opened my eyes and my heart to the beauty and wonder of one of God’s greatest gifts to us…MUSIC.

“…sing a new song to him. Play well and joyfully…”-Psalm 33:3

Singing is tied to the promises of God. And we can rest in His promise that even if we have failed now or in the past, God’s love never will.

Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.” –Psalm 36:5-6

Singing is a form of prayer.  Songs provide us with words to express and explore who God is and declare what He is doing in our lives.

Singing will also silence the enemy. When the enemy attacks us, we only need to raise our voices in faith and believe in the promises of God.

“Let God come and scatter his enemies.  Let those who hate him run away. Blow them away as smoke is driven away by the wind. As wax melts before a fire, let the wicked be destroyed before God. But those who do right should be glad.  They should rejoice before God.  They should be happy and glad.  Sing to God. Sing praises to his name. Prepare the way for him who rides through the desert. His name is the Lord.  Rejoice before him…”Psalm 68:1-4

We can sing when words fail us and singing can help us remember His Words. Lots of songs are scripture based so when we commit those to memory, it helps us to recall God’s Word when we need it most.  Life can change in an instant, and it can be hard to find the words to speak. But singing God’s Word can help us through those difficult times.

“The Lord God has put his Spirit in me. This is because he has appointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken. He has sent me to tell the captives they are free. He has sent me to tell the prisoners that they are released.”Isaiah 61:1

I could go on forever, but most of all we should sing because God deserves our praise. God is worthy of music! So next time your favorite worship song comes on the radio go ahead a belt it out, sing to him, praise him, sing a prayer, or a praise, but just sing!

“For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing praises to your name.” –2 Samuel 22:50

Bobbie Jo Miller

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