Monday, March 31, 2014

GOD SAID TO SING. SING OUT, CHURCH!

I was really edified yesterday in the worship and especially in the song service. The voices truly were lifted up together to make wonderful praise to God. Nice job, Randy! 

I'm writing just a short note this morning after reflecting on my Colossians reading. Let me share with you what I discovered that we all should sing out. It's not just commanded, it's a privilege to participate in God's word in the congregation - men and women alike.

I wonder if people understand the power and purpose of singing in worship? In Colossians 1:28 Paul says, "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ."

Yes, that we may prepare people to stand before God, complete, we teach, admonish, and proclaim the truth to them. In this vein, think of what Paul says two chapters later, to, "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God," Col. 3:16.

The beautiful singing in our worship is God's wisdom that every man and every woman has an avenue to teach and admonish others that they may stand complete before Christ.

Don't like singing? Too bad. Are you still resisting the will of God? Think your voice isn't up to par? It's not up to you to decide. One of our members has commented more than once concerning her voice that it's not the best but you know what? She sings and, honest to God, I LOVE how she sings with her heart. I just love it!

Singing isn't singing according to God's will if you intentionally keep your voice so low that the person next to you can't hear. Singing that can't be heard is not "teaching and admonishing one another". Remember that singing is a chance God has given to you to participate in advancing the Gospel in this world and it's the chance to build others up. Please sing. Sing out and make sure it's rich with thanks and love, without any vanity, and God will bring the increase. Have a little faith even if you think your voice isn't up to par.

A Christian from another state visited yesterday and he made some complimentary remarks about the congregation before he left yesterday to the effect that it is apparent how blessed we are as a congregation of God's people. I have to agree. We love God and we love each other. Every soul is precious.

On your own, reflect again on what Paul said in Colossians 1:28 and Colossians 3:16.

Said with love, Dan

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