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Why Singing Matters

by
Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.” - Psalm 59:16
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” - Psalm 105:2 
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” - Psalm 104:33
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” - Acts 16:25
“Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” - Ephesians 5:19
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly … singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs …” - Colossians 3:16
“Is anyone cheerful?  Let him sing praise.” - James 5:13

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Have you ever wondered why singing to express our worship is important to God? Tom Olson helps us explore seven biblical reasons why singing matters to us, and most importantly, to God:

  1. When you sing, you obey. Singing isn't an option in Scripture. It's a command as we see in Ephesians 5:19. When we sing, we are doing what God asks of us! 
  2. When you sing, you dig deep roots in the Word. Colossians 3:16 tells us that as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, the Word of Christ will “dwell in us richly.” Singing is not a warm-up for the weekend message; God uses both of those elements to plant His Word in us.
  3. When you sing, you build up others. When we sing together with our church family, we are hearing confessions of faith all around us. We’re also helping unbelievers. In Psalm 105:1-2, the Lord calls Israel to be a light to the nations by singing praises and telling of God’s wondrous works!
  4. When you sing, you make war. In Colossians 3, Paul is challenging us to literally put sin to death in our lives. So all the commands regarding love, forgiveness, teaching, and singing are habits of the believer to kill sin! No other posture is more hated by the evil one than when we sing. 
  5. When you sing, you are spiritually strengthened for trial. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are unjustly imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel and they respond by singing. Persecuted believers throughout history have sung in prison to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. 
  6. When you sing, you walk a God-designed pathway to joy. God binds joy and singing together. As you study Scripture on this point, you notice that sometimes singing gives birth to joy and sometimes joy gives birth to singing. You can't study one without encountering the other.
  7. When you sing, you glorify God. Singing has a unique way of bringing your heart, soul, mind, and strength together to focus entirely on God. In an age of distraction, singing grabs the attention of all of our senses and draws us to God. (Tom Olson, unlockingthebible.org)

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. Have you ever wondered why singing is important? Which of these biblical reasons are most helpful to you in understanding God’s perspective on singing? 
  2. In your own words, how would you explain why singing matters to you and to God?
  3. How could these biblical reasons change how you enter into worship whenever you have an opportunity to sing your praises to God?

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

Ephesians 5:15-21
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