I’ve just started reading the book Michele reviewed a few days ago, “Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church.” I would also recommend it as an easy, but thoughtful read about how and why we sing in our worship service. It reminds me that singing is also a gift from God and one that should be used well. Here’s a quote from the book that helps explain how to do this:
” …don’t just sing, but think What are you singing? How does it point you to Jesus as He reveals Himself in His Word? What truths are being laid on your heart, and how is your singing being used to lay it on the hearts of those around you? Which lines flood you with joy because they move you to consider Christ afresh, and how will you sing them to others and back to yourself this week?”
The songs we sing in worship on Sunday will most likely stick with us, and continue to uplift and encourage us, maybe even more than the words of the sermon. Congregational singing is not just something to “fill in” during the service, and it’s not just entertainment. Our singing is a witness to others both during and after the service. We don’t know who may be in church who is yet unsaved, who we will affect as we sing or hum a song of praise in our daily lives. Singing with our children teaches them gospel truths and Bible stories. So sing! Sing as if lives depended on it!
“Your song may be used to save a soul. Sing it prayerfully.” This sign is on the wall of a studio in the Moody Radio Headquarters.