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Sing, sing a song – The Carpenters

I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted’ (Exodus 15:1 NIV)

Do you enjoy singing, or is it something you just do because you are in a church at that time?

How well can you sing? Can you hold a tune, or do you talk loudly whilst moving your voice up a down a little, just so that you sound like the other people in the congregation?

Does it really matter how well we can sing, or is what really matters, the ‘why’ that we sing?

Do we sing because we like to sing? Do we sing so that others can hear us, or do we sing for the glory of God?

If we sing so that the most important thing is that other people who hear it will immediately think about God or Jesus, then that is what matters.

It does not matter in how we sing to God, it matters in what way we sing to God.

Jesus said;

These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me’ (Matthew 15:8 NIV). What he was really saying is, “They talk a good talk, but they do not mean what they say, there is no honour in what they are saying”.

When talking to Isaiah, God said basically the same;

Their worship of me is based on merely human rules’ (Isaiah 29:13 NIV).

Our worship needs to be based upon what God has done for us.

God saved us when he sent his Son to die for us, and the reason that he did that is because God loves us so much (John 3:16), in fact he saved us at a time when we did not deserve to be saved, when most people did not even follow him, for;

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8 NIV). Not only that, but we only love, ‘because he first loved us’ (1 John 4:19 ESV).

I believe that when we sing, not only are we singing to glorify God, but we are also singing to those around us, telling and reminding others about the good aspects of our mighty God, and what he has done for us.

At the dedication to God, of the Temple that David built, he sang, ‘Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints’ (Psalm 30:4 ESV).

David wrote many Psalms, and he and the other Psalm writers, extolled the virtue of singing praise to God;

Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion’ (Psalm 9:11 ESV – David).

Sing praises to God’ (Psalm 47:6 NIV – Sons of Korah).

I will sing praises to you’ (Psalm 57:9 NIV – David).

You are my strength, I sing praise to you’ (Psalm 59:16 NIV – David).

The book of Psalms is a songbook, as the Psalms are meant to be sung, sung as worship and praise to our Lord and God.

In his letter, James, the brother of Jesus, reminded people of the importance of singing;

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise’ (James 5:13 NIV).

In the Old Testament, the Levite clan of the Israelite nation, were generally accepted as being in charge of music and singing when religious ceremonies took place, ‘the head Levite was in charge of the singing’ (1 Chronicles 15:22 NIV).

Today, in churches, we may have worship teams, and they may lead the worship on a given day, by we can also sing our own worship at any time. There are many radio stations that play Christian worship music, and we are free to sing along and glorify God anytime we want to.

We need to be singing is praise to God, to give him the honour that he deserves, we need to sing, ‘Glory to the Righteous One’ (Isaiah 24:16 NIV).

Brian Mark Johnson and Jeremy Riddle wrote the lyrics, ‘and I sing because You are good’ (You are Good – Be Lifted High – 2011 – #1).

We sing about God’s worthiness, but equally, we also know that God sings over us;

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing’ (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV).

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I want to scream it out
From every mountain top
Your goodness knows no bounds
Your goodness never stops

Your mercy follows me
Your kindness fills my life
Your love amazes me

I sing because You are good
And I dance because You are good
And I shout because You are good
You are good to me, to me

Nothing and no one comes
Anywhere close to You
The earth and oceans deep
Only reflect this truth

And in my darkest night
You shine as bright as day
Your love amazes me

With a cry of praise my heart will proclaim
You are good, You are good
In the Sun or rain my life celebrates
You are good, You are good

With a cry of praise my heart will proclaim
You are good, You are good
In the Sun or rain my life celebrates
You are good, You are good

You Are Good
Bethel Music – Songwriters: Brian Mark Johnson / Jeremy Riddle

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Father we thank you for the gift of music which we can use to sing to others about your glory, your love and your forgiveness. Help us to approach you with humility and awe, help us to show your love to others in the way that we worship and sing to you. You are a great God, worthy of our worship, help it to bring you glory, and lead others to you.

Amen

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