Preaching and Worship Resources about Singing
In a sense the act of bursting into song could be described as a peculiarly human activity. Yet in Scripture singing is frequently said to characterize elements of the created order beyond humans. Birds (and we now know also whales) sing, but Scripture also envisions the morning stars singing at creation (Job 38:7), and the Psalms and prophets such as Isaiah describe other elements of creation bursting into song at the joy of God's salvation (Isa. 35:2; 44:23; 49:13). Miriam famously led the Israelites in song on the shores of the Red Sea after God delivered them from the Egyptians, and corporate singing was an early feature of Israelite worship that soon became a staple of worship as reflected throughout the book of Psalms. Whenever God's salvation draws near or people see the glory of God in creation or people get close to God's holy temple, singing follows. The closer you get to the glory of God, the louder the singing gets. The Apostles sang their way through long nights in prison (Acts 16:25) and Paul encouraged proper Christian worship as including the singing of various songs and psalms (Eph. 5:19). In the Bible, this all climaxes in the book of Revelation when John sees over and over the angel choruses and the chorus of the white-robed martyrs singing to God perpetually. Voices raised in song somehow are able to express better than mere spoken words the joy, mystery and awe associated with all that is holy and glorious about God and his salvation.
|Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.|