Why do Christians sing?

Have you ever wondered why God desires his people to sing? Here are seven biblical reasons.

When you sing, you obey

Singing isn’t an option in Scripture. It’s a command.

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).

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… (Ephesians 5:18-19).

God’s people are not just invited to sing – we are commanded to sing. When we sing, we’re doing what God asks of us.

When you sing, you dig deep roots in the word

In Colossians 3:16, Paul exhorts us to let Christ’s word dwell in us, then tells us how to live out that command – firstly through teaching, but also through singing. Singing is one of the two chief ways that the word of God dwells in us richly.

So as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs together, we are promised that the word of Christ will dwell in us richly – which is what we should crave as believers.

Our singing is more than a warm-up for the sermon or a filler in the service. Singing stands alongside preaching as one of the two great ways God has ordained for His word to dwell richly in our hearts.

C.J. Mahaney calls church singing ‘take-home theology,’ because the best songs we sing together give us an easily memorisable, deeply biblical summary of important biblical truths. When we sing, we’re digging deep roots in the word.

Continue: https://www.evangelicalmagazine.com/article/why-do-christians-sing/

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