Designed to Worship – Playing God’s Instrument for God’s Glory
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Did you know that the word SING appears in the scriptures over 400 times and at least 50 of these are commands?
Some of us delight at the opportunity to sing, and some of us clam up, usually because of fear (which, by the way, is not from the Lord!). Singing can be a very vulnerable act as the instrument we play is our own bodies, and some may feel that their instrument is inferior to others. But our focus in singing worship to God is meant to be on God and his wondrous works, on Christ and his worthiness as the Lamb of God, not on what others are thinking (doesn’t that usually get us into trouble anyway?).
I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of teaching voice for over 30 years now, and I know a lot about the hang-ups singers can have, but I’ve also had the great delight of helping my students free up the instrument that God has created in them to give him both the glory He deserves and the spiritual communion we can experience with Him and with others when we obey his command to sing.
So! This Sunday I will be talking a lot about how God designed us to worship Him, including the physics of sound, and the joy we can have both physically and spiritually when we give the Lord our living sacrifice of praise.