(Exodus 15:1;21; Judges 5:3; 2Sa 22:50;1Ch 16:23, 33; 2Ch 20:21,22; 29:30; Psalm 7:17; 9:11; 13:6; 18:49; 27:6; 30:4;57:9; 68:4,32; 84:2; 89:1; 92:1; 95:1; 96:1; 98:1,4,5; 104:33;108:3; 135:3; 146:2; 147:1,7; 149:1; Isaiah 12:5; 42:10; 52:8; Jeremiah 20:13; 33:11. Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless His
Name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
What is the place of singing in the worship service? Is possible to have a complete service which has no singing? Is singing one of the ways we are to respond or is only prayer that is vital?
Singing is a vital response of those who are exulting in God’s grace and mercy, with the full focus of both mind and heart and voice on God himself. He is not only the object of our praise but is also the reason for it. We not only praise God, but we do so because He is the Lord who is worthy to be praised.
It is because He is the kind of God Scripture has declared Him to be, and because down the years have proved Him to be all that, the Scripture reveals, that we join with our fellow members for the church of God in our halleluiah chorus.
In our singing we worship God. We bow before His throne and worship Him in the splendor of His holiness so that we declare before Him what He is as He has revealed it in His word.
The General principles
- He is the eternal God, who is without beginning or end. He did not come into
existence at some point of time in the remote past. He is from everlasting to everlasting. He is bound neither by clock nor by calendar. Every time the Holy Spirit elicits from us the cry, ‘Halleluiah!’ He is reminding us that we worship the eternal God. Our praise is not a song which will be snuffed out in the chill silence of death but will resound with perennial freshness forever and ever.
- The eternal God is the Creator of all things. (Psalm 136:5-9). In our worship to God, we acknowledge God’s greatness in Creation and praise Him for it. This is what the Israelites did. They worshipped God for His mighty deeds.
- The Lord our God is our Saviour and the Redeemer. Again the Israelites acknowledged the graciousness of God in His redeeming power. He will always be praised for what He has done wretched to creatures as we. Cf. Psalm 96; 136 etc.
The New Testament pattern:
Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
The New Testament requires us to worship the Lord with understanding, whereby we know what He has revealed in His Word as the way He should and must be worshipped. He has said how we must sing to Him:
- We are to sing when His Word is dwelling richly in us;
- We are to sing in all wisdom
- We are to sing with grace in our hearts
- We are to sing to the Lord not to men
- We are to sing with thanksgiving, adoration and love
- In reverence and in godly fear (Heb.12:29)
- We are to tell others of the wondrous work of the Lord (Psalm 96)
- We sing together to the Lord (not to impress a person)
- We sing joyfully and heartfully full of gladness and praise(Psalm 27:6; 67:4)
- We are to sing by making melodies