(Psalms 144:9-11) I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you, who gives victory to kings, who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword. Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
(Hebrews 2:11-13) For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise." And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I and the children God has given me."
There is an interesting dynamic to singing; it is usually associated with happiness and joy. You usually do not see people who are sad, angry, or discontent, singing. In the same manner, you usually find that people who are characterized by singing are joyful, tolerant, and content. Singing of any type seems to have a positive impact on people, and maybe that is one of the reasons singing is so integrated with God's people throughout the Bible. But there is a different and even greater dynamic attached to singing to the Lord.
When you sing to the Lord you are singing about absolute truth, that is truth free from imperfection, that is perfect, that is complete, and that never changes. The joy, tolerance, and contentment that drives one to sing to the Lord is eternal, and the (same) joy, tolerance, and contentment that is a product of singing is eternal.
If you are joyful, tolerant, and content today, then sing to the Lord. If you are not, then sing to the Lord today and experience joy, tolerance, and contentment.
Questions For Discussion
- What does singing do for the believer and for those around the believer?
- What do you think of when you observe a person singing in his or her normal daily routine?
- What is the difference between singing to the Lord and just singing?