14th March 2018

Let’s Sing to God

And sing, sing your hearts out to God!”
Colossians 3:16 (MSG)

Ephesians 5:19 says “Sing songs from your heart to Christ.” As a youngster growing up in a church, the father of my best friend gave an exhortative message on singing. I remember this vividly, because he said everyone can sing to God, regardless of voice quality; whilst compelling his daughter and I to join the choir. Not being the owner of a particularly melodic singing voice, I found this encouraging. As a young person (at the time), I believed that God still wanted to hear me praising Him through song, even if others didn’t – and so I’ve always given it my all. Now you may laugh at this, but whether fortunate to have a pleasant-sounding singing voice, or not … most of us enjoy singing … whether in private, say within the confines of our car or in the shower; or else in public, perhaps corporately with others of like mind, in front of others, such as a choir, or maybe karaoke at the local pub or when on holiday, where no-one knows you? Maybe you sing to your plants!

Music is a powerful force – in fact so powerful, it is known to motivate and increase endurance for athletes who train. In 2007, attempts by the USA Track & Field to ban personal music at public competitions, believing this to give unfair advantage, failed badly when many runners in a New York City Marathon smuggled in listening devices, citing they could not run the 26 miles without their inspirational music.[i] Music helps not only athletes to visualise and focus but me, and you too. Research indicates that people are similarly and universally affected, irrespective of cultural diversity.[ii] No wonder music is called the universal language – with singing, i.e. vocal music, being something within reach of most of us. Some scientists go as far as saying that singing changes your brain.[iii] To quote Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, and writing in Time magazine, “When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing…is the most exhilarating and transformative of all.” Elevating your spirit and soothing your nerves; group singing reduces loneliness and lessens feelings of depression; and your quality of life is improved. Significantly we bond with others as oxytocin is produced in the brain.[iv]

One day future, every living being will sing. We read in Revelation 5:13 (Easy English Translation), “Then I heard everyone singing. Everything that God has made alive was singing. That included everything in God’s home and everything on the earth. It also included everything under the earth and on the sea. They were singing: ‘We thank you, who sit on the throne. And we thank the Lamb.’” Not everyone can join a choir – but we can all join a church to participate in singing with others. If you don’t already belong to a church, why not find out where there is one local to you and join others in singing to God.

Lord God, help each of us to sing from the heart to praise you in song.

Study by Irene Tibbenham


About the Author:
Irene Tibbenham is a Deaconess and serves on the Pastoral Council in the Norwich Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Norwich
New Hope Christian Centre
Martineau Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508 498165
Mobile: 07931 580409
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk 

[i] https://betterfencer.com/articles/pump-up-the-jams

[ii] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287680.php

[iii] http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

[iv] https://bebrainfit.com/music-brain/


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