Why Do We Sing?

This post originally appeared in The Loop, newsletter of Lexington Baptist Temple.

Why do we sing? Why do we lift our voices in praise and adoration? When you stop and think about it, it’s a strange concept – talking with pitch and duration.

Sure, some instruments have strings. Some you hit with a stick. Some use air from the musician’s lungs and the vibration of their lips. But the voice is very special. Personal.

And it’s the only instrument God Himself made.

The voice is a part of a person. It is an expression of the inner self, the soul. If you want a trombone to sound different, take a hammer to it. Change a guitars strings. Play the violin with a different bow. But a person’s voice doesn’t really change, aside from training. But God doesn’t require that of us.

He just says, “Sing.” And He wrote a whole book of the Bible about it.

So why sing? Here are some reasons…

Gratefulness. – I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6)

Praise – …So will we sing and praise thy power. (Psalm 21:13)

Sacrifice – …Therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. (Psalm 27:6)

WitnessTherefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, And sing praises unto thy name. (Psalm 18:49)

Christmas gives us even more reasons to sing. We do it rejoice with fellow believers. We celebrate Christ’s birth. We have fun! This Christmas season, let go and lift your voice. Whether you’ve sung in front of hundreds or just your bathroom mirror, you were created to sing praises.

We all were.