Singing is of great value; should be habitual for us to grow in godliness.
The Purpose of Singing:
- To praise the Lord (praising upwards). God is glorified when we praise Him. Some psalms encourage singing – Psa. 30:4; 47: 6, 7; 95:1; 96:1, 2; 98:1; 100:2; 135:3; 28:6, 7; 59: 16,17. Paul and Silas sang even in suffering; what then stops us from singing when we are joyful! (James 5: 13).
- Praise God because He is worthy. Acts 16: 25.
- To teach and admonish one another. Some songs are songs of encouragement, admonishment and victory; not all songs are of praise. Not all songs are directed to God; some are for us. Col. 3: 16; Eph. 5: 19. Some songs teach us to live properly and enjoy the blessings of the Christian life. Congregational singing sometimes is congregational teaching.
- To sing inwards – for the purpose of being filled and enriched. David showed some benefits of singing. Psa. 71:23; 147: 1. Singing is a means to fill us with the Spirit. It released the presence of God.
- Singing is a means to be enriched by the word of Christ. By singing with grace in one’s heart, one can be enriched. Col. 3: 16.
Singing blesses God, those who hear us and us!
The Practice of Singing:
- Engage your mind as you sing. Behind every song, there is a spirit. Fill yourself with songs that invite the presence of God; with God’s presence around us, we will always be on guard spiritually and never be caught unawares.
- Be aware of the meaning of the songs, because the songs are meant to minister to you. I Cor. 14: 15. Pay attention to the lyrics. Engage the heart and mind as you sing. Col. 3: 16; Eph. 5: 19.
- Sitting alone or spreading out during church services does not spread the spirit of singing. Upliftment and edification come when we are together with people who like and enjoy singing.
- Utilise opportunities to learn to sing and play musical instruments.
- Expand your sphere of singing. Do not let it be just in church or on Sundays alone. Singing regularly and when the circumstances call for it. Sing anywhere. It should be done during private devotions and meditations. Play songs while travelling in your cars, on your phones etc.
In conclusion, David is an example of someone who exercised singing as a spiritual discipline. Psa. 57: 9; 13: 6; 104: 33; 149: 1, 5. He praised in private and in public.
II Tim. 4: 7. Singing is an appropriate compliment to other spiritual disciplines such as praying, meditating and fasting.