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SINGING…is a joyous experience. For some of us monotones, the only place it’s safe to express our vocal talents is in the shower or alone in the auto. Doesn’t improve the voice, it is just a safe place and usually it doesn’t ruin anyone else’s day. In church, we have the safety valve–‘make a joyful noise‘–the Scriptures say. For someone who ‘can’t carry a tune in a bucket’, it is a comfort. My wife has a good voice, and loves to sing. Our oldest granddaughter, Sarah Peyton, has a vocal gift, plays the guitar, writes songs, and leads others in worship.
I have found that you don’t have to have a great voice to love to sing. Just pick your spots. I am amazed at beautiful voices. So grateful for the gift of song. Most songs I listen to lift my spirits, while others assist me to worship, to have fun or to help me express my feelings.
  • The book of Psalms is actually a songbook. These songs address a multitude of circumstances. Worship, pain, fear, sorrow, vision, direction, judgment, mercy, love, grace–you name it.
  • The book of Lamentations is full of deep expressions of the heart.
  • Solomon has an entire book of songs.
  • The Bible is not a songbook, but there are 185 songs in the Bible. The longest is 1,732 words and the shortest is 7.
Of course, not all songs are inspired by the Spirit. But the old church hymns sung through the ages were typically based on scripture. Several patriarchs and matriarchs in the Bible have written songs expressing their hearts. Moses (and Miriam) wrote the first one. (Ex. 15). The last one is in Revelation 15, a version of Moses’ song. Mary (Lk. 1:46-55) wrote about her experience of being the chosen mother of Jesus. Do you think God loves singing? Well, he created it, so that must answer the question. In fact, some of you might not know just how God expresses his joy about his people, but you find it in the book of Zephaniah! It was addressed to Israel, and now us as Believers. Wrap your mind around this!
“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”
(vs. 3:17 NIV).
Singing worship hymns is mostly expressing praise. It gives vocal honor and glory to God. What is your favorite? At this time of year, O Holy Night is mine. Other times it is Be Thou My Vision. Actually, if you are like me, it’s the one you’re singing at the time. We humans need to be able to show our feelings through song. We are relational beings, created in the image of the Triune God. Songs give us a chance to voice our deep need to worship. It won’t replace that day when we will be in the presence of our Lord, but until then, singing is as close as we can get. But when you stop and think of the Creator God singing over us, actually delighting in us, it is utterly amazing.
Fallen sinners, deserving of eternal judgment, are being sung over by our Creator/Redeemer! Even rejoicing over us! Not sure about you, but that really does add some deep-rooted desire to me to sing louder, longer and not just in my car. Sorry for my wife and those near me in church, but if God is doing that for me, and you, what other choice do we have? Let’s join the psalmist. “I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me” (vs.13.6 NKJV).
So, not just at Christmas or Easter, but everyday, make a joyful noise to the Lord. And for those of you with voices like the angels, please keep singing!! We monotones need you and love it. On top of everything else, it’s good medicine.

So, sing we shall!
Copyright 2016
Bill C. Dotson
www.lifespeakstous.com
bill@abidingfathers.org

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