As I look back on the recently past Christmas season, one of the striking memories is the wonderful music of Christmas. It seems that once I start hearing those old familiar songs and hymns, I am filled with a renewed sense of joy and happiness. That got me thinking about the importance of singing as a follower of Jesus Christ.
You may not think of yourself as a singer, but let’s for a moment suspend all judgement about what makes a good singer “good” and simply notice the wonder of singing. Humans alone are invested with this ability to sing. We sing for joy, we sing the blues, we sing love songs and we sing songs of loss. But I think most importantly, we sing songs of worship and praise. Paul puts it this way in Ephesians…
Eph. 5:19-20 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He pictures our singing as a way of speaking to one another, reminding each other about all that we have in our relationship with our Savior. Singing is a natural overflow of our emotions, especially our feeling of joy and happiness. I have no idea about what specific psalms, hymns and spiritual songs Paul had in mind. However, today we have a wealth of wonderful music with which to rejoice in our salvation.
When we sing, we express our hope and in so doing we not only lift our own spirits but we press blessing into the people around us. I hope that this New Year is a year in which the music of your faith bursts forth from within you and becomes an uplifting source of praise. Maybe a ‘joyful noise” is all that you will ever be able to offer, but do offer it up-sing, sing, sing! And we will be blessed.
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