Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

10/25/2017

Charles Cash

 

Singing

 

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,

sing and make music (melody) in your heart to the Lord,

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(Ephesians 5:19-20)

 

“In the presence of the congregation

I will sing your praises”

Hebrews 2:12.

 

  Music is the language of the heart. Singing together is a command, a great privilege, a wonderful expression of the heartfelt praise, thanksgiving, and adoration for God. It has been said to be the “only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.” It washes from the soul the dust of everyday living. Singing is the only activity, or item of worship, with the assembled church here on earth that will be eternal, retained in heaven.  In heaven, there will be no Lord’s Supper; we will be with the living Lord. There will be no need for prayer; we will see and talk to the Lord face to face. The gospel will not be preached; only the saved will be there. And no contributions will be taken in heaven; riches will be abundant and unlimited.

 

  Christianity is a singing religion. When Ingersoll, the noted infidel, died, the printed notice of his funeral read, “There will be no singing.” They must have felt there was really nothing to sing about. Not so with the Christian! “The fruit of the Spirit is joy,” (Galatians 5:22), and it finds an outlet in singing.. “Is any among you merry? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13). Happy people are singing people! The church is to be a happy church. From the beginning the church has been a singing church. The gratitude of the church has always gone up to God in Christian praise and Christian song.

 

“Come we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known;

Join in a song with sweet accord, Join in a song with sweet accord,

And thus surround the throne. And thus surround the throne.”

 

Luther once said, “No man is really living until he has gone to his own funeral and comes back singing, ‘There’s music in my soul today.’” Luther also wrote: “Next to the Word of God, only music deserves to be extolled as the mistress and governess of the feelings of the human heart.” If there is anyone who should go about with a spring in his step, a smile on his face, and a song in his heart, it is the Christian. The Christian has a song in his or her heart. When you get to heaven you will sing a “new song” (Rev. 14:3). The “new song” will be in celebration of “redemption.”

 

  Movements have ridden to victory on the wings of a song. The singing of great hymns, it has been said, did nearly as much for the Reformation as the sermons. The masses of people were singing great hymns and the messages sank more deeply into the minds of the people. Martin Luther himself wrote over one hundred hymns. Among them is the great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

 

  Isaac Watts, who wrote some 600 hymns (many we sing), once said, “The singing of God’s praises is the part of worship nighest heaven, and its performance among us is the worst on earth.” May this never be said of us.

 

  Let us all truly “sing and make melody in our heart to the Lord,” and then “live the poetry we sing.” Great singing grows out of great living!

 

—CHARLES CASH