Summary: To observe the reasons by behind our singing.
1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
For centuries, singing has ascended from the lips of man. Melodious sounds can be traced back for ages, and it is even said that the song found in today’s scripture is the oldest recorded song in the world. This song sung by Moses and the children of Israel is the first song we find recorded in the bible. Singing is a uttering of a series of words or sounds in a musical tone, which can then be called a song. Songs are sung when one experiences joy in their heart. Songs are sung when one wants to temporarily escape the pressures of life. Songs can have meaning, and some can be sung just for fun. Songs can describe the situations that you are going through, and some can describe the life you dream of. No matter what type of song you sing, all songs seem to bring joy or comfort to your soul.
Notice that I said seems to bring joy or comfort to your soul. Although all songs bring forth some type of feeling or emotion, all songs aren’t profitable to the spirit. There are songs I use to sing that I dare not even attempt to hum today. Instead of bringing joy and comfort, some songs bring heartache and pain. Instead of lifting you up, some songs only tear down your spirit. Instead of a promise of a bright future, some songs only lead you to a destructive end. We need to be careful of the songs we sing, and the songs we allow to fill the concert halls of our hearts. As children of God, we need to listen or sing songs that glorify our Father. We need to sing a song that encourage others or enlightens our own spirits. We should sing songs that we wouldn’t have a problem singing in the presence of our Lord. We should sing songs that lift up and magnify the name of Jesus!
Many of us sing songs, but they are meaningless and do nothing to lift up the Lord. Some songs may sound good, but they do nothing to better our character. You know how you drive down the street, radio station already on the wrong channel, and you hear a song that you remember from earlier years. You say to yourself, “that use to be the jam!” But as you begin to listen closely, you notice that the words have nothing to do with the Lord or the edification of the kingdom of God. I’m not saying that all songs are bad, but there are very few innocent songs out there. We have allowed our children to learn songs that damage their character. We allow our children to watch music videos that satan only uses to make them stumble and fall. Almost 99% of R&B and rap music does nothing to edify our God. We now have this new type of Christian music where you can’t tell the difference between it or secular music. You have to look twice at the radio, thinking you have it on 97.9 tha box. We talk about bridging the gap so that we can reach younger people, and that’s the problem today, we are bridging the gap. They say this is the way you have to reach younger people, by bringing the music down to their level. We don’t need to bridge the gap because there should be a gap. The bible says that we should be set apart from the world. If you didn’t know, there is a difference between the world and Christians, and the difference should be seen. We don’t need to use things that the world has created to draw men, for the bible says in John 12:32 – “If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Why do we sing? I don’t know about you, but I sing to be lifted up when I’m feeling down and I want a song that will give me true peace in the midst of my storms. I want to sing a song that let’s me know that I am God’s, and he is mine! I want to sing a song of praise!!!! to my God.
The reality of God & Christ, the creation & salvation, heaven & hell are simply too great for mere speaking. In other words, sometimes I just can’t say thank you Lord, I have to sing it. Sometimes I can’t just tell you how good God has been to me, I have to sing it.