Question: Why should Christians sing?
Answer: A person who is filled with the Holy Spirit can’t help but sing, this is what Ephesians 5:18-19 says, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. ..” Also, ” Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. ” (Colossians 3:16)
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit it will be natural to want to start singing, because there is a melody of praise for the Lord in your heart, this spills out of your mouth in the form of singing. For one thing when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are so amazed that God is still working today as He was in the beginning of the Church Age. “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
There is just something new and distinct about praising the Lord after the filling of the Holy Spirit. You cannot explain it to another person, it has to be experienced, but when you do really experience the Holy Spirit anew, you want to sing and praise the Lord! It is the second greatest experience a person can have in their life after salvation.
“Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.” (Psalm 98:1) “.I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” (1 Corinthians 14:15b)
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1-3)
“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, the LORD has done great things for them. The LORD has done great things for us, and we are glad.” (Psalm 126:2-3)
“Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm, with trumpets and the sound of a horn; shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.” (Psalm 98:4-6)
If the church is a Spirit filled church you are in, the people will love to worship and praise the Lord! You can tell the difference where there is a spontaneous worship service, or just a ho hum one. If the people are into the Word of God and looking to His guidance they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and praise!
Look at the verse again, it says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)
“Songs of the Holy Spirit, PRASIE AND WORSHIP. Paul taught the churches not only to sing psalms (biblical lyrics) and hymns (songs we write about God), but ‘spiritual songs.’ The Greek odais pneumatikais reveals the Holy Spirit as a composer, ready to enable and expand the song of the Lord through believers now as then. Interesting is the thought that this song is participating in heaven’s song by the Spirit’s enablement, a song described as the sound (or voice) of many waters (Rev. 14:2; 19:6). Joined to Jesus’ description of the ‘rivers of living water’ (John 7:38) springing from within those who believe in Him, it appears that ‘spiritual songs’ may be one of those ‘rivers’-springing with praise from the inner being of the worshiping believer.” (New Spirit Filled Life Bible)
A person who is Spirit filled has no problem praising the Lord; it is a joy to worship our Lord and Savior! There was a Spirit filled speaker who came to our Community Church that I was pastor of in Mt. Vernon, Oregon. He shared with us a cassette tape of a congregation that was worshiping the Lord; it was the song Alleluia , and this phrase is repeated several times, but as they were singing some voices came in several octaves above what people can sing. I believe it was the angels joining the singing and worshipping the Lord. Think about the worship we will have in heaven, where multitudes without number, are worshiping the Lord together!
Another time I can remember that just sent tingles down my spine was when we were worshipping with several other churches. It was a time that as I remember it, sixteen different churches, with choirs from several of these were leading the worship service. My wife and I had the privilege of being in the choir; we had rehearsed before this time. Tim Peterson, an accomplished pianist and choir director, was directing the music, along with other choir directors from other churches.
As the service began, there were those who came in the auditorium with banners of Christ, unfurled. The music began and the room swelled with praises to Our LORD Jesus Christ. In my mind’s eye I could imagine the scene in heaven in the future, when all of heaven’s habitants will praise in one voice, in one mighty anthem, to our LORD!
“PRAISE the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
“Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishment on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment-This honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 149)
“At times God allows us, in our praises, to rise above our emotional levels, and even above our faith level, and join praises with the heavenly forces. Often, when this happens, we are not consciously aware that we have joined praises with angels and the spirits of just men made perfect. But just as surely as there was a joining of Jesus with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, so, I believe, there are times of joining of the saints on earth with the saints in glory, in responses of praise that enable us to let the high praises of God be in our mouth.
“When we get so joined and involved, when the saints are in communion, if you like, our praise is purer, stronger, and more properly directed-even though we may be saying the same words we’ve always said. And there comes a new direction, a new flow, a new depth of faith, a fresh authority in our praise.
“It is interesting that where our translation says these high praises are to be in our ‘mouth,’ the literal Hebrew is ‘in their throats.’ Just as Jesus did not say it would be out of the brain but out of the belly that rivers of living water should flow (John 7:38), so here it does not say the high praises would be in the mind but in the throat. As surely as tongues go beyond the conscious level (supraconscious), so some praises go beyond the mental level of the conscious mind and are the result of direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
“It is as though the Spirit Himself is doing the praising. It may be in tongues, yet is more likely to be in your own language. But your intellect is not feeding your vocal chords; the Holy Spirit is directing the expression of praise. He is taking the heavenly ‘high praises’ and flowing them into your mouth. When this happens, you are not just dealing with praise as an expression; you’re dealing with praise as a weapon, and what a fabulous weapon praise is!” ( Let Us Praise by Judson Cornwall)
There is a wonderful example of how worship and praise through singing and music can defeat Satan, it is found in the Bible. Look at what happened in this true, Old Testament story. The Israelites were told they didn’t need to fight this time just worship the LORD and thank Him for the victory. “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.
“.Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: ‘Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever.’ Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” (2 Chronicles 20:14-22)
“. speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,”
I hope this helps you to understand why Christians should sing.
Thanks for the question,
Gary Thomas Panell
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