• Sing to the LORD a new song

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    24 August, 2017Posted by Nick

     

    If you don't quite understand the video, let me try and clear it up. The singing of songs or hymns is meant to be about offering praise to God. What can happen if it’s done out of wrong motive or reason, is we claim the praise for ourselves or simply disconnect the whole thing from God and it just becomes singing for the sake of singing. Like a performance.

    When we come together to sing praises to God, are we really singing to Him? Are we worried about if our voice is good enough and as a result, don't sing? Or perhaps someone else isn't able to sing the notes well or the musicians leading the song could be better or I'd look strange if I don't sing so I should just sing along.

    Can I suggest that you consider carefully how you respond to your own circumstances? For to offer hollow words to an almighty and perfect God, simply because we hadn’t thought it through and it’s just what everyone else was doing, would be foolish. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, Matthew 12:36-37) Don’t think I’m suggesting we should sing no more songs ever because no one's doing it right. That’s not it. I love a united chorus of genuine praise to The Almighty just as much as many others! All I would hope is that the focus of our singing is a joyfulness in God (James 5:13) and what it can sometimes become when it seems to be just ‘what you do when you go to church’ is just going through the motions. 

    Consider Isaiah 29:13 and weigh how God feels about false praise or worship.

    The LORD says:

    “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught”

    The following is a song I really enjoy. Put simply, it's about the author's response to the thought of being in the presence of Jesus and in that moment, would he be able to do anything other than just be overwhelmed by God. It's a great thought and one I hope we can all appreciate when most songs seek to lead us to the same place, a joyful response in acceptance of the amazing grace that the LORD of Lords has offered to us all. Perhaps our silence and awe and wonder of God might say more for us than many words could.

     

    "Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still?

    Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?

    I can only imagine."

     

    We are in God’s presence day in and day out thanks to the work Jesus did on the cross, tearing the temple curtain and opening the way. Have we understood that and what a mighty act of grace that is? Also what an incredible opportunity it gives us who follow Him as Lord? Take a look here at Psalm 96 and consider what the author's experienced to write something like that. It starts with thankfulness but it is continual thankfulness. It is continued adoration and a continual awareness of the graciousness of God and then the outpouring of the heart onto paper or into song. My encouragement is for us to recognise the need to not just do because others do, but because that is how we want to respond to Jesus right now. Praying this helps move you into a deeper, stronger and closer walk with our Lord.