Eph.5:18 – be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord…

One of the disturbing trends I have observed in worship services around the world in our generation is the lack of congregational singing. Some times the worship has become so “excellent” that many just listen and observe. Worship is actually two major things which are both very important. First, worship is an act of faith. You have to engage your whole being in worship, that’s when you will be effected. Secondly, worship is our response to God’s love. He loves us and we love Him back. Corporate worship is the place where God’s glory is revealed. Didn’t someone say “God is enthroned in His praises”? Here are some comments from Owen Strachan on singing to the Lord.

“ONE OF THE SNEAKY SIGNS of spiritual and congregational health is singing. What we sing about —and listen to —we in some way celebrate. We don’t sing merely to convey information; rather, we sing about what we value highly, what we aspire to, what we desire. It is worth looking around Sunday worship in your congregation, and observing how many people are barely producing noise……The people who love God produce music “expressing their love, their joy” and the “concord” found in God, as Jonathan Edwards notes. The church needs to find its voice again. We need to sing to God and to one another. We should not outsource the musical worship of God to professionals. Praising God is too important for that. God did not instruct us in the New Testament to tap only the operatically gifted to lift their voices. He wants the whole congregation to sing. It has always been so. Do not quiet your voice. Lift it up to God. No more tepid singing, please.”

Sing to the Lord, make a joyful noise to the Lord, enter His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise. I remember hearing David Ruis say in an extended time of worship to sing loud enough to hear your own voice. This is the place of blessing. I am grateful to the Lord for my Christian heritage rooted in the Jesus Movement. I loved the raw and often spontaneous worship services that were part of our culture. It was simple yet filled with power. That’s what we want, the power of God in the midst of our worship. Hope to see you worshipping in church today.

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