Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day.
Chapter 22, Paragraph 5.
“… teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in our Hearts to the Lord;…”
Come, Christians, join to sing, Alleluia! Amen!
Singing! Voices raised in unison and melody to the Lord!
The problem is, we aren’t used to singing anymore. Aside from “Happy Birthday”, there aren’t many places where people sing together. When we come to church, we may not know the hymns, or the music may be too loud to hear ourselves or anyone else. And so many times rather than teaching and admonishing each other, we are quiet, mumbling through the songs or listening to the worship leader instead.
When Christians join together to worship God, they are commanded by His word to sing “Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” Singing His word to one another encourages us in the faith, teaches us about God, and contends with us to hold steadfast. Joining with the voices of our fellow Christians, we are reminded that we are called to a community that is to care for one another. When we sing joyfully and faithfully, no matter how out of tune we may be, we are “making melody with our heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).
So how can you improve in your singing unto the Lord? If you can pick up a pop song and sing it in your car, you can pick up a hymn and learn to sing it. If your church has hymnals, ask to borrow one. Listen to them until they are ingrained in your memory. When it is time to sing, sing unto the Lord the best you can. Pray that the Lord would accept your singing as an act of worship. As Hercules Collins wrote,
If we are not in Christ, we are certainly out of tune. It is Christ must put acceptation upon this Service as well as others. Here the Altar must sanctifie the Gift. Christ perfumes the Prayers of Saints, Rev. 5.8. And he must articulate their Singing. Though we have Esau’s Garments, he can give us Jacob’s Voice: if we are in him, we can raise our Hearts to a pleasing Elevation.
The Lord is not looking for only those with the talent of Luciano Pavarotti to sing His praise. He is pleased with sincere melody from His children. Alleluia! Amen!
Questions to Consider
- What is your attitude towards congregational singing – are you mumbling or singing heartily unto the Lord?