“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness to God.” Colossians [3:16]
What does it matter that we sing together?
In the Scriptures, certain passages are describing things to us (descriptive) and some are prescribing actions for us (prescriptive). Descriptive passages explain who God is and who we are, while prescriptive explains how the people of God are to respond to His presence in our lives.
Growing up, I remember my mom and dad, like any good parents, telling me what to do. When I asked why, they said, “Because I said so!” It drove me mad. I wanted to know why! I wanted to get into their minds and unearth all of the wisdom that led them to instruct me to a particular action. Fact is, my parents knew what was best for me. They loved me, and I simply had to trust that.
God knows what’s best for us. He’s given us His Word to describe life, and prescribe a response. But before we listen to His prescriptions for life, we must know and trust who He is. First, we let the Word dwell in us richly in order to know God’s heart for us. Then, we can respond by encouraging other believers in Truth and singing out to Him together, thankful for what He’s done.
Why is it important to God? Singing is a powerful expression of response to Him, and it helps unite us as a church. And, because He said so.
God, thank you for your presence in my life and for the gift of gathering with your people to respond to you in worship. Help me to know your love for me so intensely that I can’t help but sing your praise with the church. Amen.