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.
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.