Have you ever noticed how much the Bible talks about singing? It is all over the place. The words sing to the Lord, or some form of that, appear over seventy times in the Bible. If you read just the book of Psalms it is full of commands to sing unto the Lord, which seems fitting because the word ‘psalm’ literally means song. Psalm 96 and Psalm 98 are both psalms that call for singing before God. Psalm 96 starts like this, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord and bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all peoples.” Sing. Over and over, sing.
What is the deal with singing? Why would the psalmist command us to sing to God? Why can’t we just say how great God is, why does it tell us to sing? Why can’t we just write how awesome God is, why are we commanded to sing? We are commanded to sing because music is the universal language of the world. Think about it, every culture and society has some form of singing or music, from ancient times to today. No matter where you are in the world, there is some form of singing from all peoples. Think about the differences between cultures across the earth right now, currently in 2016. From one culture to another we have different codes of conduct, ways to behave, dinner time etiquette, wedding and funeral ceremonies but one things that all cultures have is music and singing.
My Freshman year of college I went to Guatemala for the third time. Between my second and third trip I learned how to play the guitar. So the whole time I was in Guatemala that third time I was playing the guitar and the children flocked to it. They sang, they danced, they clapped; it was something that they understood.We may not have been able to speak to each other because we did not speak the same language, but we all spoke the language of music. It didn’t matter if I was playing an American praise chorus by Chris Tomlin or Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett, the children and even the adults were into it.
The Bible calls for us to sing to God sing of His praises and His goodness. This is a very simple command that costs us nothing yet it is so powerful. All people from all cultures across all times understood music and singing, and that is why God calls us to sing a song to Him. So keep singing and praising the name of God.
Until next time, God bless