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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 13, 2018

Sing with Joy (Ps.71:23). Dr. Robert L Horton

The Psalms are filled with calls to sing to the Lord (9:11, 18:49, 30:4, 33:2, etc.). Singing is an important aspect of our worship. In some ways songs are as prayers. Prayers express our feelings to God, offer Him our praises, confessions, supplications. Likewise our songs enable us to express all these same elements of worship to God.

As with prayers songs can be done in the corporate environment of the church or with the family or in private. There is, however, a difference between our prayers and our songs. One aspect is obvious: when singing with others we all express the same thoughts to God at the same time, in contrast to one person leading in prayer and the rest of the congregation following along in their hearts. Singing provides us the means of joining with others in praising God, remembering His goodness to us, and calling down His favor upon His church. And beyond that, even when we sing at home or in the car or anywhere else where we sing alone, it still has a communal aspect as the words belong to the entire church. We join with the universal church, past and present, in lifting up our worship in phrases used by many others. This brings us closer to fulfilling Christ’s prayer that we all be one (John 17:21).

There is yet another aspect of singing that the psalmist brings to our attention in Psalm 71:23: “My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which you have redeemed.” Our lips and our soul are to rejoice as we sing. It is not enough to mumble through the words of a song. God wants our lips – that is our vocal expression of the words – to be with joy. And that joy should come from within us, from our soul. When we sing to God we need to put our heart and voices into it. This takes us back to the basics of our relationship with God: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). This expresses true worship. Let’s be sure to sing with all our heart and soul and strength.

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