The Role of Singing in the Life of the Church

Rob Smith


Christianity is a singing faith. We sing God's Word. We sing theology. What we believe about God and man and sin and grace and redemption emerge with power in the words that we sing and in the music we deploy to accompany those words.  As congregations lift up their voices together, they carry out a vital part in the worship of the living God in support of the preaching of the Word. According to Scripture, God has given us the ability to sing and has called us to do so for three principle reasons: to help us praise, to help us pray, and to help us proclaim. 

1. Singing Helps Us Praise

There’s no escaping the fact that singing is a vital form of praise. Many Scriptures (particularly many of the Psalms) bear this out. Not only do they link praise directly with singing, but they frequently speak of the two faces of praise in virtually the same breath, often sliding from one to the other with barely so much as a gear change! Consider, for example, the opening verses of Psalm 96:

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing


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