Daily Dose, Aug. 10

“You Want Me to Do What?”


Those of us in the church, particularly us music types, sometimes take for granted that we regularly ask people to do something that might make them very uncomfortable. We ask them to sing. In public. Standing right next to people they may not even know. When you think about it, nowhere else in our culture, except for the church, do we ask people to sing together in public. The closest thing is the National Anthem at a sporting event. But even then, the most socially acceptable response is to listen reverently, hand over heart, and let the people on the field sing the anthem. And yet, scripture shows us over and over that God’s people are singing people. When we come together in worship, we sing! Psalm 95:1-2 says “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” In Ephesians, Paul told the church to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the spirit.” He told them to “sing and make music from your hearts to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19-20) Why? What does God ask, and even command, us to sing? As a musician, I know that music engages our heart, mind and soul, all at the same time. I believe that’s part of God’s design. He’s given us this special gift that enables us to connect with His presence in a way that is not possible with only the spoken word. When I stand in front of the congregation, I often see an almost visible lifting of people’s countenance as they sing to God. Connecting to God through singing is a beautiful spiritual mystery. I hope you’ll give this some thought whenever us crazy music people ask you to sing in worship. By the way, there are lots of scriptures where God’s people DANCE in worship. But that’s for another day. Baby steps. See ya in church Sunday -- Stephanie Newton, Director of Contemporary Worship