Monday, April 28, 2014

A Singing Heart

Yesterday, a great friend of my church came to visit and preach because my pastor was away. And he didn't preach the normal sermon. You know, the sermon that says that we need to avoid certain sins and get right with God -- normal sermons. But yesterday, he preached on singing. Not the typical sermon, eh?
But within the singing message, he talked about: why, when, and how.
  • Why should we sing? Because God commands us to. It doesn't have to be pretty or even good. How do you think Moses or Miriam sounded when the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea? Do you think it sounded good? It doesn't matter! Just as long as it is from the heart to God, not other people.
  • When should we sing? We should sing before a battle. We should sing during the battle. God is always with us. He will never leave us or forsake us. We should sing after the battle. In praise, in gratitude. In worship. God brought us through that battle. We should worship Him for that.
  • How should we sing? Joyfully. We should sing with joy. Joy is not an emotion, it is a choice to trust God and endure it though it is tough. 
Psalms and Philippians are filled with how we should sing. Psalms is filled with sadness that turns to joy and trust. It is filled with depression and suicidal thoughts to praise and worship. Philippians is filled with joy. God is always with us; He provides. We can do anything because God is our strength. But sometimes when it gets rough, and we think that we can't go on... we can. God is always there, and He has promised to never give us trials that we can't handle. Like in that song by Group 1 Crew "He Said". "I won't give you more, more than you can take and I might let you bend, but I won't let you break." He might bend us, to mold us into His will. He is the potter, we are the clay. In order to transform us, He must bend us. And it will make it easier to sing during the trials. Believe me, I know. So have a singing heart!