When I was a little girl, I remember very well attending church with my parents. I was in awe of my mother's beautiful soprano voice as she sang hymns during the service. It was the most striking memory, and I remember thinking that maybe one day I would be able to sing as well as she did. All those precious hymns we sang found a place in my heart and to this day, I often break out singing in my kitchen or while doing chores around the house. Not only is it a pleasant memory, but it is way for me to express my joy in the Lord and what He has done for me.
King David learned this truth in his early years as well. Tending his father's sheep was hard work and lonely too. However, David spent time singing to the Lord the beautiful words of praise we find in the book of Psalms. Using song, David poured out his heart before the Lord and these words were later sung by our Lord Jesus and His disciples in worship. Psalm 98:4-5 tells us: "4Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. 5Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. 6With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King." Then in Psalm 100:1-2, the author tells us: " Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve t
he Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing." Whether we are gifted singers or can only make a joyful noise unto the Lord, He is well pleased when we lift our voices to Him in praise.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul wrote these words of admonition to believers: "19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ." I love the phrase..."making melody with your heart to the Lord". This should be our goal daily. If our heart is filled with thankfulness to God and praise, we will not dwell on our circumstances. Our lives may be filled with change but our God is the same yesterday, today and forever! Acknowledging Him with our lips in song is like a fragrant offering to our God.
Once again, in his letter to the Colossians (3:16), Paul encourages believers to sing: "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." When we meditate on the Psalms, we are singing God's Word back to Him, and we are also letting the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. Think about it with me for a moment. How did many of us learn the alphabet, or other basic pieces of knowledge? We often learned by repetition and song. So what are the benefits of making melody to the Lord?
First, if we are feeling sad, we can brighten our spirits by singing to God. At first it is an effort, but as we go along, our hearts are lifted out of despair. Secondly, we are able to learn God's Word as we sing them to the Lord. Third, singing praises to God encourages others around us as well. It lifts the atmosphere in a home, and blesses others in worship. Finally, singing to the Lord helps us focus on Him as we go about our work. This is a "win - win" situation.
Joining the choir several years ago, has been a rich blessing for me as I get to sing the songs of praise to God in worship. Still, our songs should not be confined to church only. We have so much to praise and thank God for that we can never offer up a Psalm, hymn, or spiritual music enough times. Remember that it is more important to sing from the heart in faith than to hit all the right notes. Let us bless the Lord by making music each day! Selah!