Last Sunday in worship I read Zephaniah 3:17 which says, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will rejoice over you with singing.” It is interesting to consider that God is a singing God. Jesus sang a hymn with His disciples on the night before he died (Matthew 26:30). This hymn, which was sung after the Lord’s Supper, is an example of how music helps us experience the glory of God. As Christ-followers, God encourages us through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to “…be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…” (Ephesians 5:18-19).
Several years ago, worship leader and musician Bob Kauflin wrote a best-selling book on worship entitled Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God in which he states,
“Ephesians 5:18-19 indicates that the Holy Spirit inspires songs in believers’ hearts as he fills them. That’s one reason we often sense God’s presence in a more pronounced way when we gather to sing his praises. The Holy Spirit is in our midst, inspiring our songs. It’s a source of profound encouragement to realize that God gave us music to deepen and develop our relationship with Him. The Father sings, the Son sings, and the Spirit sings. How can we keep from singing?”
Did you catch what he said about relationship? Here it is again – God gave us music to deepen and develop our relationship with Him. This truth helps us to correctly place music in a prominent place in our worship services. I encourage you to prepare your heart, mind, soul, and voice as we gather for corporate worship each Sunday. How can we keep from singing?