Have you ever wondered why singing is such a big part of church and the Christian life? The reason is simple: In God’s Word, the Bible, we are called to sing. We are called by God’s Word to sing praises to Him; to sing songs which acknowledge who He is; to sing songs about what He has done and will do.
This call to sing brings honour to God, but it is also a gift for us who trust in Him. As we sing to God, our trust in Him is strengthened; we are reminded of His love, grace and mercy towards us; we are filled with His peace and His joy. Through singing, we receive a God-centred perspective on our lives and circumstances. Through singing, we acknowledge our brokenness and need before Him, we cast our cares on Him, and ask for help. This call to sing is as much for us as it is for God.
What a gift, that something as joy-filled and joy-giving as singing is something we are called to do.
To me, the Bible’s call to sing is clear (I hope you discover the same):

“Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” (1 Chronicles 16:9)

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.” (1 Chronicles 16:23)

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” (Psalm 5:11)

“Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!” (Psalm 9:11)

“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” (Psalm 30:4)

“Sing to him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” (Psalm 33:3)

“Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!” (Psalm 47:6-7)

“Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name’.” (Psalm 66:1-3)

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!” (Psalm 68:4)

“O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah.” (Psalm 68:32)

“Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!” (Psalm 81:1)

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1)

“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 day by day.” (Psalm 96:1-2)

“Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” (Psalm 98:1)

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!” (Psalm 98:4-5)

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness, come into his presence with singing!” (Psalm 100:1-2)

“Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” (Psalm 105:2)

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!” (Psalm 135:3)

“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.” (Psalm 147:1)

“Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!” (Psalm 147:7)

“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!” (Psalm 149:1)

“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 12:5-6)

“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the habitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains.” (Isaiah 42:10-11)

“Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 52:9)

“Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” (Jeremiah 20:13)

“For thus says the Lord: “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’” (Jeremiah 31:7)

“Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!” (Zephaniah 3:14)

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.” (Zechariah 2:10)

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-20)

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

One thought on “Called to Sing

  1. It is always my desire to have a song of praise on my heart. When I don’t my focus on things is not very good. Songs help me to focus on God, His greatness, power, and mercy. Thank you for sharing this.

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