‘The people of God will sing a song of joy.’
Isaiah 30:29 NLT
The Bible says: ‘How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!’ (Psalm 147:1 NIV). There’s something about expressing our love for God in music and singing that helps us to reinforce our faith. When we’ve been singing praise and worship songs, we tend to come away feeling uplifted and closer to God. Paul knew the value of music. In 1 Corinthians 14:15, he wrote: ‘I will pray with my spirit; but I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding’ (NIV). Paul must have valued music as much as prayer in his worship time. And when Paul and Silas were in prison, they sang worship songs together to encourage themselves and show that in spite of the terrible circumstances, their faith was unshaken and they could still pour out praise to God (take a look at Acts 16:25). Music is powerful because it can reflect every one of our moods. We might find we can express our feelings more effectively through music than we can by just talking. God doesn’t ask for perfect, rehearsed, polished prayers or songs from us. He just wants us to bring hearts full of enthusiastic praise and worship to Him. We could turn even the most mundane, boring task into an act of worship if we include music – imagine some of the great times we could have with God if we sang worship songs while we did the vacuuming or washed the dishes. So whether you’re the world’s best singer, a mediocre piano player, or if you can barely manage to snap your fingers on the beat – God wants to hear your music.
When you spend time with God today, try singing your prayers or singing a verse from the Bible. It doesn’t matter what tune you use – just go with whatever’s on your heart.