363 Sing for Joy

“David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals” (1 Chronicles 15:16).

The great place accorded music and singing, and even dancing, in Scripture has just struck me. I suppose it is obvious because it is stressed in many churches, but as I’m not particularly into music it has come as a bit of a revelation to me.

I recently heard a preacher say, only in the Judeo-Christian tradition is there singing.* Other religions may chant but the profusion of musical compositions expressing our faith seems numberless, and growing by the day. It was a major part of Old Testament worship (1 Chronicles 16:7, 2 Chronicles 29:25) and orthodox Jews still sing and dance exuberantly today (at least the men do!).

Men and women broke into a song of praise at times of rejoicing (Exodus chapter 15); men marched into battle with praise on their lips to You (2 Chronicles 20:21); we often say the angels sang when they announced the birth of Your Son; I have friends who sing praise in their private times with You – and there’s a whole book of songs in Your inspired Word.

When is it most natural for you to feel like singing? When you are happy. That is why My people sing. They have much to sing about. The life My Son died to procure for you brings peace, power, purpose, provision, victory over all of life’s circumstances and joy into your life. Singing is a normal release of that joy, and it is sweet music to My ears.

*Acknowledgement: Rev Scott Brown

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