Why do we worship in song? Is it just a ritual that the church has developed as a matter of tradition or as a way to fill time? Is it just what everyone else does? Is it just a way to pass the time while everyone finds their seats for Sunday morning service?
NO. NO. NO. A thousand times “NO!”
First of all, God specifically tells us to sing unto Him. “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Col. 3:16) “. . . be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” (Eph. 5:18-19)
Now we know that God never tells us to do anything without good reason, and that reason is always for our good! So, we automatically know that worshipping in song brings blessing into our lives, but what could that be? Well let’s look at that verse in Colossians. It tells us to partake in psalms, hymns, and songs. Psalms are poetry meant to be sung. They are actually songs of praise. The Book of Psalms is actually a hymnal. This verse in Colossians tells us that when we worship in psalms, hymns, and songs from the spirit (rather than secular songs), they will actually serve to teach us, admonish us, and bring us all wisdom. Let me say, I will take that! I want to grow in understanding God and His ways. I want to be admonished or instructed by His Word. I want to grow in wisdom! Praise and worship help me do that!
This verse tells us also that when we sing, the message of Christ will be caused to dwell in us richly! Song speaks to our spirits in ways that teaching may not. Worship reaches us in other ways than straight teaching. Both are important, but they reach our hearts in different ways. Song can soften our hearts, bring us rest, peace, joy, thanksgiving, and empowerment in supernatural ways. It can open our hearts and minds to hear from God! So, when our praises are filled with the Word of God, our spirits soar into the presence of our holy, loving Father, and the Holy Spirit ministers directly to our spirits. When that happens, God reveals new truths and special guidance to us for our situation!
When we “make melody to the Lord,” His very presence surrounds us and becomes so strong in us, that we receive new revelation from Him! That is something we all need every day.
So, dear ones, I encourage you to look at worship in a new way and enter into it with thanksgiving!
God is worthy of our praise!
Pastor Lisa Marie
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this: Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption. I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me. Amen.