Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! —Psalm 96:1
Robert Ingersoll was an infamous nineteenth century infidel and agnostic. When he died, the funeral notices said: “There will be no singing.” Those who don’t know Christ have very little to sing about and nothing to sing about when it comes to death. On the other hand, those who do know Christ have many reasons to burst into song.
Christianity has always been a singing religion. In times of plenty and in times of suffering, Christians have sung to the Lord, and we still do. Consider the first century Christians who suffered for their faith. Many went fearlessly to their death, often singing songs of praise (Heb. 11:36–40).
Paul and Silas were in prison and yet sang hymns to the Lord in the middle of the night (Acts 16:25– 34). Paul encouraged New Testament believers to address each other through song as they faced systematic persecution (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).
Singing was their means of saying, “We’re not victims. By God’s grace and power, we’re victors. He has triumphed gloriously!”
Make it Personal
What reasons do you have to sing to the Lord today? Choose one of your favorite worship songs and then sing it to Him!