The Reason Why I Sing – Music Monday Musings #3

Music has always been the most effective way of letting my emotions out, besides screaming or posting lyrics snippets on Facebook back in the cringey days of youth (*hangs head in shame*). Also the latter is probably not in line with Paul’s encouragement to:

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)

The lyrics below from the gospel tune, Why We Sing, immediately came to mind when I started thinking about the reasons why I sing. Admittedly, the first line doesn’t really agree with the screaming I mentioned earlier but the rest of it is pretty much there.

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eyes are on the sparrow […]
You’re the reason why I sing

I sing to express my worship to God. My gratitude, my feelings, my praise and my love. It helps me remember and cling on to the truth in difficult and happy times. The words in a song can be just as moving as a Bible verse. It can be just what you needed to hear. I am not the most prayerful human being you’ll ever meet, but to me, singing is a form a prayer. It is also a bit harder to fall asleep whilst singing or is that just me ;)?  If God cares about the sparrows which aren’t worth very much then imagine how much more He cares for us, who are created in his image.

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He is most definitely is the reason why I sing but there are other reasons why I choose to belt out tunes in Church, in the shower and on my walks like:

  • To obey God – quite a few verses in the bible direct us to sing to God
  • To be in unity with the Church – it is an effective way to get a group of people doing the same thing at once (although not necessarily in tune!)
  • God sings too – He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)
  • To proclaim his name – though as another song puts it, we must be careful from “just singing” without going out to make disciples!

Another line from the song is “…and your heart just keeps on singings…” I love it when this happens. It is such a release as your emotions are laid bare before God. But there are also occasions in Church when I sing just because. I sometimes find that pausing to reflect on the lyrics can be an effective form of meditation too.

Of course, I don’t only sing Christian Music but that’s another post altogether.


Why We Sing – Kirk Franklin
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8 thoughts on “The Reason Why I Sing – Music Monday Musings #3

  • February 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    I’ve always wished I could sing. Don’t get me wrong … I still sing, loud and joyfully, but I don’t think anyone else feels joy to hear me lol. I do paint as one of my ways to worship Jesus. God is so good! Bless you my Sister! ❤

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  • February 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm
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    I always loved that song because ultimately God is the reason for our singing and giving us something to sing about. PRAISE GOD! Thank you for sharing!

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  • February 8, 2018 at 2:07 am
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    I love to sing and also listen to music. There’s just a soul release for me when I can sing out my emotions!

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  • February 8, 2018 at 2:23 am
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    This song is so cheery and chirpy. We sing it fairly often at church. I’ve always like it.

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  • February 8, 2018 at 2:57 am
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    I wish I could sing beautifully. While I do not have a gorgeous voice, I do find singing can change my mood, calm my spirit, and bring me to a new time of worship with the Lord. Sometimes lyrics can speak volumes where as words can be difficult to understand.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 9:59 pm
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    I love to sing! You listed some great biblical reasons why we should. Great post!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 3:19 am
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    Love this! Music is such a powerful thing. Many times song lyrics express what I cannot. And yes, it is such a great way to unify the body. Thanks for sharing!

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