8 Reasons Why We Sing in Church

Have you ever wondered why we sing in church?  Couldn’t church be fine with just preaching? The answer, and Bro. Mel will agree wholeheartedly, is no! Here’s 8 brief reasons why.

  1. God commands singing.  Singing is referenced/commanded over 400 times throughout the entirety of Scripture.
  1. God sings.  In Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Romans 15:9 and Hebrews 2:12 we see clearly that Jesus sang songs of praise.
  1. We remember what we sing.  Have you ever left church, gotten in your car and had a song stuck in your head from the service?  Or maybe while sitting at work on Tuesday morning you begin humming a song we sang Sunday.  You see, songs we sing at church contain rich doctrine that we otherwise might not remember. Music is a great tool to help us recall biblical truth. I’ve heard it said before that church singing is take home theology.  We sing because it helps us remember truth and grow in Christ!
4. Singing engages the heart and mind.  When we sing, we are involving our intellect and emotions.  How can one truly worship God with good thoughts about him but no emotion produced from those thoughts?  On the contrary, how can one truly worship God with only feelings about God and no thoughts to produce them? As our pastor always says, feelings are fickle.  However, emotions informed by biblical thoughts of God produce true worship of Jesus Christ.  Maybe John Piper can explain this thought better:
“Worship must be vital and real in the heart, and worship must rest on a true perception of God. There must be spirit and there must be truth. . . . Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers . . . . On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.”

5. Singing is corporate.  Can you think of anything else in a typical church service that we all do together?  Singing is done by the entirety of the congregation.  Singing unifies us.

6. Singing is physical.   It has been proven that we learn better when we physically do something.  Physically singing can lead to better absorption of biblical truth (see reason #3). Also, our love for Christ is made better when we physically do something.  Just like going on a mission trip or telling someone about Jesus, singing is an action that displays our love for God.

7. Singing engages spiritual warfare.  Satan simply cannot handle true song.  Where worship of God is, Satan is not.  In Acts 16 Paul and Silas are in prison.  It is there that they begin to pray and sing to God.  While singing, a great earthquake happens and the foundations of the prison are shaken.  Everyone’s chains were loosed.   In 2 Chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat sent the choir ahead of the soldiers in battle against the Moabites and Ammonites.  When the choir began to sing and praise, God set an ambush against the men who had come against Judah, defeating them (v. 22).  You see, singing is a mighty weapon against Satan’s schemes.

8. Singing brings joy.  We sing in church because we have joy.  However, singing also further enhances that joy.  On a practical note, singing releases endorphins, a hormone that promotes positive feelings. Singing increases deep breathing and therefore improves your circulation.  We sing because it helps us!

With these 8 reasons in mind, I hope you are as excited as I am to join together and sing on Sunday.  Singing to God is a significant aspect of Christian worship that must not be overlooked.  My prayer is that this post has given you a fresh perspective on why we sing in church.  It is my great honor and utmost pleasure to sing with you each Sunday.  This Sunday may you sing like never before, basking in the great mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Until then, blessings!

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