QuestAt Adult Choir this last week, several of us were taken aback when we discussed how God COMMANDS us to sing. Thinking about that more it begs the question: so essentially if we don't sing, we are sinning? But as I was reading back through chapter 2 I read this great reminder:
"God's commands are not arbitrary--they are always for His people's good" (Sing, p.14)
God commands us to sing because it is good for us! It is good for our spiritual, mental and physical well-being. Not only does Scripture back this up, but there are more and more studies that show how good singing is for us, both as individuals and as communities. No wonder God commands us to sing! As Getty continues to write "Our spiritual health depends on it" (Sing, p.14). This also helps us understand why it so important to have a healthy diet of various worship songs. It's kind of like eating. If all we ate was the stuff we liked to eat (i.e. chocolate), we probably wouldn't get a well balanced diet of things that are important for our entire well-being. Singing is the same way: we need a healthy diet of hymns, songs, spirituals, gospel and more, to have a fuller understanding of who God is and what he has done for us. How do we know this is healthy? Because God commands us to do so...and His commands are always for His people's good: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:16
Questions to Ponder:
What response do you have personally to the "command to sing" praise to God?
How do you feel about singing not only songs you like but songs you need to sing?