So maybe you think you have a bad voice, or maybe you call yourself an "exclusive shower singer"... well it's time to break lose and start singing on Sundays and every day of the week! Singing may just seem like something only people with "good voices" do, but that's far from the truth. And if you really do feel like you don't have a good voice, the good news is, God already knows. He created you whether you're tone deaf or not, He knows. And the better news? He doesn't care!!
Wondering why we like our music loud?
Frist, we just like it loud. Who said "secular" concerts were the only thing that can be loud? God is the one who created music in the first place!
Second, if the music is louder than your singing, then you can feel comfortable to sing out and not worry about what the person next to you thinks! It creates an atmosphere of freedom.
Thirdly (and I could go on and on), volume=excitement and we believe that Jesus and His message are the MOST exciting thing on the planet! Our music and worship on Sunday is a celebration!! We want it to drown out everything trying to distract us!
7 Reasons why Singing is for everyone:
1. When you sing, you obey.
Singing isn't an option in scripture. It's a command. We're doing what God has asked of us.
Colossians 3:16: "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"
2. When you sing, you dig deep roots in the Word.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs..."Colossians 3:16
Paul tells us to dwell is the Word and then tells us how to live that out. C.J. Mahaney calls church singing “Take Home Theology,” because the best songs we sing together end up serving you as a 3 minute, memorable, deeply biblical summary of important truths from Scripture. Take for example our new song this Sunday, "When the Fight Calls". The lyrics say, "Even when the world caves, even when the fight calls, even when the wars wage, I'll take heart". This is taken from John 16:33. You're declaring scripture by singing it. Every song in our repertoire is from scripture and whether you realize it or not, your memorizing scripture more easily because it's sung with a tune.
3. When you sing, you build up others.
We see in Colossians 3:13-16: the exhortation to sing comes on the heels of bearing with one another (13a), forgiving one another (13b), putting on love (14), being at peace as one united body of Christ (15), and teaching God’s Word to one another (16).
Also know that as you sing, you’re helping unbelievers. In Psalm 105:1-2, the Lord is calling the Israelites to be a light unto the nations, and to do this He tells them: “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all his wondrous works!”
4. When you sing, you make war.
Chances are you didn't realize that when you're singing you are in spiritual warfare. Demons flee at the sound of His name! In Colossians 3, Paul is challenging the Colossians to literally put sin to death in their lives – to kill sin. And so all the commands to love and peace and forgiveness and teaching and SINGING, are therefore, the Bible is teaching, attitudes and habits of the believer that will kill sin!
And when we're singing together, think of the war that is being waged on hell at that very minute. Satan hates it! You're a warrior.
5. When you sing, you are spiritually strengthened for trial.
Sometimes we think singing is only for times when we're happy, but singing build strength in times of trial. Think about when Paul and Silas are in prison for the sake of Christ in Acts 16. What do they do? Sing!! They certainly weren't doing it because they were excited to be there and were bursting with joy. They did it to strengthen one another during a trial.
6. When you sing, you're expressing joy is a way that God designed.
Psalms 5:11: “Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”
Psalms 9:2: “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Psalms 51:14: “Deliver me from blood-guiltiness O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.”
Psalms 59:16: “I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.”
Psalms 63:7: “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
If you still don’t believe me, James 5:13: “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”
7. When you sing, you glorify God.
All of the things listed above bring glory to God. Singing has such a unique way of bringing your heart, soul, mind, and strength together to focus entirely and completely on God. In an age of distraction – singing grabs the attention of all our senses and focuses us on God.
In revelation 7:9-10, the apostle John describes a picture of eternity with a great multitude of people from every tribe, peoples, and languages singing before the Lamb, "salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!".
Still don't think worship music should be loud? Well, I've got bad news for you. In heaven, it's loud. It's so loud that it sounds like thunder because the worship and singing is so great!
If you're not singing now, you're sure gonna be in heaven! Might as well get warmed up now!
Sing now. Sing forever.