Singing. We hear a lot of singing in our world. I admit that when I was young, songs had decipherable words with tunes you could hum to even if you didn’t remember the words. Today, there are still songs like that but there are other songs with screaming and sounds that bear little resemblance to the tunes of my youth.
Singing, whether it is soothing or drum-heavy, whether it is melodic or screaming, is an important part of life.
Indeed, scripture talks of singing often. Consider these scripture references:
Singing was part of the worship of God in the house of God.
They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the LORD, all who were skillful, was 288.
1 Chronicles 15:6-7
When Ezra and Nehemiah reconstructed the demolished wall around Jerusalem, singing was part of the celebration upon its completion.
And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres.
David admonishes us to sing before God!
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Paul told the Colossian Christians that they should sing and be thankful to God.
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.
So we know that people are to praise God and sing of His glory. But the scripture also makes note that nature, itself, will praise God and sing. Consider these scriptures:
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:12
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
We hear the leaves on the trees as the wind blows through them, we see the trees wave their branches. We hear the birds call and sing their songs, praising God as they look over their domain from the trees. We hear the ocean waves as they crash against the shore and then turn to hear the waves sliding along the sand at the beach. We hear these things, but I suspect that God’s creation sings to Him in ways that we can only imagine.
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
God’s creation is constantly praising Him. What a shame that so many of His people feel that they cannot sing to Him. While some of the singers in the Old Testament were trained to sing, scripture also tells us that we are to make a “joyful noise” to God.
Sing to the Lord – sing with gusto – sing out loud. You will feel better for doing so and you will be praising the Lord, making His heart glad.
Celtic Thunder Heritage sang a song entitled “A Place in the Choir” in concert several years ago. This song in concert is shown at this YouTube link.
The music and singing is wonderful. The following link provides pictures of the various animals referenced and it might make the song more fun to hear, especially for the children and the young at heart!
Keep this quote from Henry Van Dyke in mind: “Use the talent that you possess, for the woods would be silent if no birds sang but the best!”
Father, I praise You for giving me the ability to sing to You and to give praise and thanks to You for Your marvelous works to the children of men. May I praise and glorify You throughout my days.