Sing it like you mean it
When you sing praise to the Lord then sing it like you mean it and mean when you sing it!
God doesn’t need faint praises. You need to sing it with intensity. Oh, just came to my mind, if you come from a ‘silent’ worship background like mine you will say that God listens to the heart and not outward gimmicks. Well, I do agree with you! However the point of this article is NOT to downplay silent worship but to be a help of those who actually SING praises to God. May be in the future I will write on what silent worship is.
Scripture encourages singing your praises to God. It’s really wonderful to even read the below verses that admonish singing unto the Lord God.
- Psalm 71:23 My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
- Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
- Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
- Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Well if you note the above scripture you realize some truths. Here we go;
- We sing praise to the Lord because he redeemed us and he is good.
- We sing praise because we are thankful to the Lord.
And there are just two truths about singing praise unto the Lord. There are many more in the Bible. You can learn about praising God with full effort from my earlier article. I recommend that you go through it if you didn’t get to read it earlier.
However praising God with full effort is not the end in itself. You need to mean what you sing unto God. You are NOT supposed to fake the praises of God. I mean if you doubt God, if you hold atheism to your heart but were raised in a Christian home and come to church only as an obligation, then your doubtful praise doesn’t help you with God.
You need to believe that Christ exists and is the only Savior of the World. You need to believe in the Holy Spirit as part of the Triune God head.Praising the Lord without believing in the Gospel is actually an act of hypocrisy! I mean why does a person sing praise to the Lord who gave us the Gospel when he/she doesn’t believe the Gospel? Makes no sense nor logic at all.
You need to believe in the whole Bible, not just the Gospel alone. Do you believe in the book of Genesis when you praise the Lord who is mentioned in Genesis? Genesis 1:1 says that, In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. So if one can’t trust God in that he created the world, then how can even trust in HIS Word all the away to the Book of Revelation? The Bible speaks of creation at various points like the below:
- Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
- Exodus 20:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- Revelation 14:6-7 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Your action and intention need to be in the same direction when singing praises to God. Here are few quotes that drive this message:
- “Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods…but we have not worshipped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit.” – Richard J. Foster
- “Just as a master violin maker designs an instrument to produce maximum aesthetic results, so God tailor-made our entire being, souls and spirits to work together in consonance to produce pleasing expressions of praise and worship.” – Don McMinn
- “If you come to worship for any reason other that the joy and pleasure and satisfaction that are to be found in God, you dishonor Him…God’s greatest delight is your delight in Him.” – Sam Storms
- “Don’t let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices… sing also with your conduct.” – St. Augustine
- “The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory” – St. Athanasius
I do hope this encourages you to praise God with full effort and right intentions! God bless.