How many of you sing in church?
How many of you stand and maybe move your lips and pretend you’re singing?
Nobody, of course, falls into the second group at Dayspring. So I am preaching to the choir. We all enthusiastically belt out each hymn to the high heavens. Right?
Does scripture command us to sing during the worship service? Sure does. Right here, in Psalm 100: 1-2: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before his presence with singing.”
Well, that pretty much ends the argument right there. And I know Pastor Barnes brought this up a few months ago and spoke very eloquently about singing during service.
But why do some people not sing in the first place? Probably because they get embarrassed sometimes. Like me. Yes, that’s right. I don’t have a great voice and am not anxious to prove it by opening my mouth.
Oh, I can sing in tune. And you should hear me in the car. But I just feel uncomfortable at times letting it rip. So I normally sing quietly.
If you’re one of those who feel like this, I have some advice. When we sing our song of the month on Sunday, “By Grace Alone,” do me a favor. Take five minutes before we start singing to familiarize yourself with the words. It helps.
And then, when we sing it this Sunday, try singing it softly at first and then you will start to get comfortable with at least getting the lips moving. That builds confidence, you build up steam and pretty soon, you sing a bit louder and discover this isn’t so bad after all. I’m not saying you’re ready for a solo in front of the congregation but you might just discover your
previous reluctance is gone. You’ll find everybody is NOT staring at you and you might even discover how nice it is to join others in making a “joyful noise.”
St. Augustine once said: “He who sings, prays twice.”
At least, we think he said that or something like that. But whatever he said, I like the intent behind it. I’ll bet Augustine sang loudly in church!
That’s it for this week. Here’s hoping for more fall-like weather and try to strike happy chords with all you meet.
I leave you with this from Romans 15:9: “And in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.””