Tonight, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 is one of my most favorite nights of the year. Actually the date is not that important...but it is the last Wednesday night of September which means we will be spending our mid-week service singing praises to God.
In my sermon on Sunday morning, September 20, I mentioned that we were averaging 73 people attending our Wednesday night services for 2015 (it’s actually 72.5, but we always round up when it comes to attendance!). What I did not mention is that if we removed our singing nights from the tally, our average drops by 1¼ people (to 71.25) and if you average just our singing nights, we are averaging 75 in attendance.
You probably are aware of this, but the Bible commands us to sing (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). Then there is James 5:13, “Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone of you happy? Let him sing songs of praise.”
For a Christian, singing should be as natural of a response to joy/happiness as prayer is in times of trouble and tribulation.
I know that some people may not like to sing. They may feel like if they sing, they sound so “bad” that they distract others. When approached, they might laugh it off with the old, “Well, preacher, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket!”
Isn’t it wonderful that God did not command us to carry a tune in a bucket...He commanded us to sing!
Some might feel having a singing service takes away valuable teaching time. But what if we decided to have a Wednesday night prayer meeting, where all we did was ask several of our men to lead us in prayer. Would feelings be the same about a prayer service?
The afore mentioned Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the word of God dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
So tonight, as we teach and admonish one another as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God remember that it is not the person next to you that is your audience...that you are singing for God. “Sing and make music in your heart to Lord” (Eph5:19). But also remember Jesus tells us, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).
God has done so many good things for us. Let the joy of your heart flow out of your mouth as we praise Him for all He has done and He will be pleased, which is all that matters.