Why Do We Sing?

May 23, 2021    Jeff Richardson    Topical
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“I have often heard this noise; I have sometimes contributed to it. I do not yet seem to have found any evidence that the physical and emotional exhilaration which it produces is necessarily, or often, of any religious relevance. What I, like many other laymen, chiefly desire in church are fewer, better, and shorter hymns; especially fewer.” -CS Lewis

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Zeph 3:17 -
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

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Why do we sing?
1: To proclaim the Word

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Col. 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and Spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

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Why do we sing?
2: To make war.

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-2 Chron 20:21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his[c] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.

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Why do we sing?
3: For Unity

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Why do we sing?
4: For hope in suffering.

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Worship is not a reflection of your feelings, it is a declaration of what you know to be true.

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Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings…

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Suffering in the path of Christian obedience, with joy - is the clearest display of the worth of God in our lives. Therefore, faith-filled suffering is essential in this world for the most intense, authentic worship. When we are most satisfied with God in suffering, he will be most glorified in us in worship. Our problem is not styles of music. Our problem is styles of life. When we embrace more affliction for the worth of Christ, there will be more fruit in the worship of Christ
-John Piper

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And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll, and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9–10)

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Why do we sing?
5:For the Glory of the Lord