When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.Matthew 26:30
There is something we all do during the day in some form and that is singing. Some hum to themselves, some aloud. I think you get the picture.
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter if your voice sounds like a nightingale, or in my case a cuckoo (no disrespect to the cuckoo), but singing is something we all enjoy doing.
The reason is it is a God-given. God created music. Heaven is full of music. The hymn writer put it “When we’ve been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun we have no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”
Singing In Worship
Singing has a very definite place in worshipping God in spirit and in truth. We glorify God in our singing praises to His name. I hope below encourages you to sing not just when you are happy but also in these different times and when life is not as it should be. So take a look below at how we can sing no matter what our situation is.
- Matthew 26:30, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives”;
- Acts 16:25, “But at midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God”;
- Romans 15:9, “For this reason I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name”;
- 1 Corinthians 14:15, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding”;
- Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”;
- Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”;
- Hebrews 2:12, “In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You”;
- Hebrews 13:15, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name”;
- James 5:13, “Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”
Miriam, Hannah and Mary have all recorded their songs for us and perhaps the greatest was David.
- He wrote the majority of songs in the Book of Psalms.
- He watched his father’s sheep and played music.
- He was the second king of Israel who danced before the Lord.
Although David wrote so many praise songs to God, they weren’t necessarily all happy songs. Yet even through the dark and sad times in David’s life, he chose to allow his life to sing a song of praise to God. While running for his life from King Saul and hiding in a cave (1 Samuel 23:25-24:4), David penned Psalm 57. In verse 7 of this Psalm, David declares, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.”
Psalm 51 was written by David after Nathan the Prophet had confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 12:1-10) In vs. 10, David cries out for forgiveness, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
David’s life was not free from challenge – there was the battle with Goliath; Saul hated him and tried to kill him; there were threats from other enemies.
His life was not free from tragedy – his and Bathsheba’s first son died as a baby; another son, Absalom, tried to overtake the kingdom; his only daughter was raped by one of his other sons! His life was not free from sin – he committed adultery; he murdered; he neglected his family life. Yet in it all, David chose to let his life sing a song of praise to God.
The greatest example of all was Jesus. Jesus was about to be tortured and put to death, yet the last thing Jesus did as he left was to sing. When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Matthew 26:30
Keep safe, Blessings and keep Singing