Music is everywhere! Whether you are in an elevator, shopping at the mall, watching your favorite show, or attending a football game, you cannot get away from it. In some ways, this is a disadvantage to our corporate worship, because we have been so saturated by music everywhere else. The power and effect of music in our churches can lose its potency. We must work to keep our congregations involved and engaged in our corporate worship, because something is uniquely and dynamically special when we gather on Sundays to sing.
So what’s so different about Sunday? Here are some questions to consider.
Who Is Singing?
When we gather on Sundays, we are gathering as the body of Christ! We are not coming together around a political cause, an economic agenda, or shared social interests. We are gathering with others who have come to Christ through the cross of Calvary. There is really no other experience like it on earth when God’s people assemble unified in His name to express their love, passion, and praise through music. “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works” (Psalm 86:8).
Why Are We Singing?
There are two reasons. First, we are part of His creation, and the original purpose of all that was created was to bring God pleasure. Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Sin interrupted this purpose, but one day all of creation will once again glorify His name when every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Christ is Lord.
The second reason we sing is we have been redeemed. God has lifted us out of the pit, set our feet upon a rock, established our going, and put a new song in our mouths. We were condemned to live an eternity without God, but in His grace, He provided a way for us to be purchased back to Himself. May the truths of redemption swell in our hearts as we passionately praise our Saviour for all He has done.
What Are We Singing?
Our song is our salvation. God has given us a new song because we are new creatures in Him. Each of us has a unique testimony, and this is what God has given us to sing. The songwriter said it best: “This is my story, this is my song.” Some of the greatest lyrics ever penned were born out of personal struggle and difficulty. Without the trial, there would not have been a song.
To Whom Do We Sing?
There is only one audience when the church sings, and that’s Christ! We don’t sing to each other and we don’t sing for each other. We sing to the One Who is worthy of all praise. Churches that have a large or established music ministry are at a great disadvantage, because the congregants can quickly begin to believe that worship through music is the responsibility of the musicians. We are not entertainers who seek to please the ear of an audience. We are prompters who seek to engage the hearts and minds of worshippers. May we have the same pursuit of the psalmist when he said, “Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.”
The singing heard in our churches on Sundays is unlike anything else being heard around the world. May we follow the admonition of the psalmist in Psalm 149 when he said, “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of the saints.”