I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1
Warm up your vocal chords and break out the band! Today’s #LoveChallenge is to sing of the Lord’s great love.
I understand if you can’t carry a tune to save your life – I’m with you on that score. But God doesn’t care about the quality of your voice. Rather, he looks at music and song as an expression of your love for and worship of him, no matter the circumstance.
I have been chronicling references of singing and making music to the Lord for a couple years in my Evernote app. The references are too many to mention in this post. Suffice it to say, making music, joyful song, and singing hymns to the Lord is a universal practice (with benefits) throughout all of Scripture.
Here are just a few of the multitude occurrences of singing and making a joyful sound to the Lord:
- Singing and playing musical instruments is a fitting way to praise God – Psalm 3:1-3
- “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30
- Believers are commanded to teach and admonish one another through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankful hearts – Colossians 3:16
- “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.” Psalm 59:16
- On joyous occasions – after Solomon had the Ark moved into the new Temple – 2 Chronicles 5:12-14
- Upon going into battle – the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army – 2 Chronicles 20:21-22
- Singing and making music has the power to defeat your (spiritual) enemies – Psalm 27:4-6
- The singing and praise of children silences the devil – Psalm 8:2
- Because the Lord has compassion on his people in their suffering – Isaiah 49:13
- There will be music and songs of praise at the second coming of Christ – Rev. 15:3-4
- Paul and Silas experience the power of prayer and singing hymns while in prison: “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25-26
- Plus many more references to singing and making a joyful sound to the Lord.
I am persuaded that if we spent more time in corporate and private singing and making music to the Lord we’d have more hope, love, joy, power, and fruit of the Holy Spirit in our life.
Take some time today to sing of the Lord’s great love for you. Here are some tips and suggestions of how to make this #LoveChallenge happen and engage with singing unto the lord:
- Page through the book of Psalms (the Book of Songs) and sing the verses out loud.
- Play some of your favorite worship music and sing along – one of my favorites is the Voice performance of Great is Thy Faithfulness by Jordan Smith (viewed over 9 million times and available on iTunes, Google Play, etc.
- Do a Google search for the lyrics of your favorite hymn or worship song, then sing the lyrics out loud!
- Make up your own song and sing it to the Lord as I did here with The Non-Musician’s Guide for Making a Joyful Sound.
- Some churches publish their song list on social media or their website. This is a great way to extend your worship and praise following a service. Grab a song from the list that ministered to you, then get the music for it, sing along with it, maybe even memorize it to “take it with you” while you’re out and about. Here’s an example from Grace Church in Eden Prairie.
- Sing a new song by adding a new song (to you) to your music library. For example, I have Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “In Christ Alone” modern-day hymn and have loved learning it and singing along to it!
Here is their YouTube version of In Christ Alone:
Those should give you a great start toward our #LoveChallenge goal: I will sing of the Lord’s great love and use my mouth to make his faithfulness known.
In case you missed them…
Previous Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series of February
I’ve been writing and posting on the theme of #LoveGod and #LoveOthers – the #LoveChallenge for the month of February – #LoveFor28. Here are the other posts in this series:
- Put on Love
- Treasure Your Treasure with a Little Heart Emoji
- Abounding in love
- Love and Faithfulness United
- Celebrating Love for God’s Word
- Inseparable Love
- A Love for God’s People Brings Prayer for Christian Maturity
- The Invincibility of Marital Love
- The Lord’s Loving Rebuke and Discipline
- Remain in Jesus’ Love
- No Greater Love
- What Great Love
- What Not to Love
- Turn On Your Love Light
- An Introduction to Love According to John
- Love Deeply
- His Everlasting Love
- Love for Neighbor
- His Loving Eye
- God Gave us a Spirit of Love
- Love Never Fails – Period
- Love Is – Love Is Not
- How to Live an Ineffective and Meaningless Life – Without Love
- The First and Greatest Commandment