Why Bother Singing Together?
Why do we sing together? Standing around singing together can seem kind of weird. If you're not a singer (or maybe you feel you’re not a very good one), you may loathe it even more. What is the point of joining together as the church and singing? Why do we sing together?
One of the reasons we get from the Bible is that we sing because we are saved. In this sense singing is a response to something God does. There’s a lot of reasons to sing, but one of the dominant reasons is because God saves us.
This is what we see happen after Moses leads Israel out of slavery in Egypt. After they are finally released, after all 10 plagues have wreaked havoc, look at what Moses and the people of Israel do:
Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
We see in this passage that Israel realizes they have been saved, they believe in God, and sing to God in response. In other words, they sing because they are saved.
Two things we can take away from this passage:
Sing because you are saved.
Our worship is a response to God saving us. We should come to worship Sunday mornings excited to remember our salvation! Remember what God has saved you from. Remember how God saved you and who you are now in Christ. We should be excited early Sunday morning to remember what God has done in our lives, but don’t just come for yourself!
Sing because others need your reminder.
It’s easy to forget what God has done in your life, someone in your church community might just need your worship to help remind them this Sunday of what God has done. Chances are that many in Israel forgot their God after being in slavery, this is partly why soon after this God instituted festivals, rituals, and regular gatherings to be a constant reminder for the people. Chances are that there’s been times when you have forgotten what God has done in your life. And it’s likely this is happening to those around you as well. Because of this God gives us the gift of singing. We should prioritize singing together as a church to remind each other of our salvation—of our savior, and respond in worship together.
In the words of the famous hymn writer John Newton:
"Let us love and sing and wonder
Let us praise the Saviors name.”
Let us sing that story together. Let us remind each other of what God has done. Let us sing together to our Savior regularly!