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More Singing!



“A person who gives this some thought and yet does not regard it [music] as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.” ~ Martin Luther *1


The Bible contains over four hundred references to singing and fifty direct commands to sing. The longest book of the Bible, the Psalms, is a book of songs. And in the New Testament, we’re commanded not once, but twice, to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another when we meet (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).*2


God himself sings. In Zephaniah 3:17 God exalts over his people “with loud singing.”

Singing is a powerful outward expression of our worship. Paul admonished believers to: “be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord….” Eph 5:18-19


 

10 Benefits of Praise and Worship


INVITES THE PRESENCE OF GOD. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

BRINGS DELIVERANCE FROM ENEMIES. Psalm 18:3

STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH. Romans 4:20

BRINGS VICTORY. 2 Chronicles 20:15-20

BRINGS US CLOSER TO GOD. James 4:8

SATISFIES THE SOUL. Psalm 63:1-5

DRAWS MEN TO GOD. John 12:32

REPELS DEPRESSION. Isaiah 61:3

BRINGS LIBERTY. Acts 16:25-26

BRINGS JOY. Psalm 100:4



May our hearts be filled with singing in the coming year!




Happy New Year!



 


*1 Luther, “Preface to Georg Rhau’s Symphoniae iucundae,” LW 53, cited by Buszin in “Luther on Music,” The Musical Quarterly 32, no. 1 [1946]: 85


*2 Bob Kauflin (https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/words-of-wonder-what-happens-when-we-sing)


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