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Why Worship, Part 2

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Why does God want me to sing? 

Singing to God reflects the state of our heart more than the ability of our voices.

I did not grow up singing.

In fact, I hated that I was forced to be in youth choir.  When my choir director told me he wanted me to sing a solo, I flat out told him "No way!" 

At that point of my life, singing was about me.  I didn’t like it, it made me feel vulnerable, and so I wasn’t going to do it.  But I was missing a crucial element of singing to God.

God doesn’t hear my pitch problems or out of control vibrato.  As Bob Kauflin states, “He hears only what He can: the song of the redeemed for their great Redeemer.”

I was missing the fact that singing is about my heart and soul being thankful for a sinless savior that laid down his life so I could live.  I was missing that singing is about expressing my gratitude to a loving Father.

Singing reflects our heart more than our voice. 

Singing helps us remember words

How did you learn the ABC’s?  Standing quietly in kindergarten with your lips sealed?  Of course not!  You and I learned the basics of the alphabet by singing a song.  I bet we can all remember the words to a famous song like Respect by Aretha Franklin or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, but how many of us can quote Psalm 95?

Music helps us remember words and when we put scripture to melody and music, it is one more excellent way to follow Psalm 119 and hide God’s word in our hearts.  This is seen throughout scripture as well.  In Deuteronomy 31 God tells Moses to teach the Israelites a song so that they won’t forget who God is when evils fall upon them.  

We sing to remember God’s word and that He is a faithful, loving Father who will never forsake us! 

Singing engages our emotions

Everyone can think of that one song that when it comes on, you are instantly engaged emotionally.  For me, it’s Purple Rain (I’m kidding, but not really).  

Music has an amazing ability to engage us even when we are down and out.  Psalm 71:23 says, "My lips shout for joy when I sing to You; my soul also, which you have redeemed."

Group singing has been scientifically proven to have positive health benefits as well!  In a 2005 study by the University of Sheffield in the UK, group singing "can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality."  I don’t know about you, but I’m no Michael Bublé or Celine Dion, so "mediocre quality" is something I can approach!  

This reminds us that singing is more about our heart than the ability of our voices. 

Next week in the final post of this series, we will look at two more reasons why we sing and how it unites us as believers. 

This week

Take some to read Psalm 30 and Psalm 103.

Join us this Sunday at 11:30.

We will be singing a wonderful song called 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. (You can download it here.)  It draws from both of those Psalms, and by singing it we can memorize scripture and express our gratitude to God as we bless His most holy name.  We are going to start the service off in a really different way that will engage your heart and mind right from the start, so get in the worship center a little early!  

Let’s bless the Lord together this week! See you Sunday!

ANDREW CARR // MODERN WORSHIP LEADER

@andrewScarr

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Why Do We Sing?

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Part 1 of 3

Ever wonder why we sing in church?  If you grew up in church, it's as normal as brushing your teeth before bed.  If you didn't, it may seem a little odd that singing is such an important part of what we do when we gather together each week.

Although church gatherings across the world may vary in time, frequency, and size, two things are almost universal among them:

1. They teach from God's Word.
2. They sing. 

We know why the word of God is taught: to learn more about God’s character and His will for our lives as we daily live out a life based on Christ’s example. 

But why do we sing? What is the point of singing together in corporate worship?

Let’s look to scripture for our answer. 

First, the Bible Commands It

The Bible contains almost 50 direct commands to sing and 400 references to singing (Psalm 149, 9, 21, 57, 95, to name just a few). Likewise in the New Testament, both Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 instruct us to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God and one another. Scripture is abundantly clear in its command to sing. 

Take some time this week to look up "sing" in the concordance in the back of your Bible or use an online resource like biblegateway.com.  Select a few verses to meditate on this week or choose one to memorize.

If you're like me, the next question is Okay, why are we being commanded to sing? 

I’ll address that question in next week’s post. For this Sunday, let’s gather together and obey God’s command to sing to Him, and like Psalm 100 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” 

This week let’s make the choice to be actively engaged in thanking God for who He is and the love he has bestowed upon us.  

Get ready to Sing

One of the songs we're singing in the 11:30 service this week is called "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)" by Hillsong Worship. It will give us a perfect opportunity to "enter His courts (read: presence) with thanksgiving" that his amazing grace saved a wretch like me.

Download it from iTunes and as you listen to that song this week, thank God for His amazing love and prepare your heart to join your voice to others' as we return our praise to Him!  

See you Sunday!

ANDREW CARR // MODERN WORSHIP LEADER

@andrewScarr

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