May 2, 2018
Psalm 98:4-9…“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.” vs. 4
For many believers, congregational singing is a highlight of worship. They love to come together and lift up their voices with songs of praise and thanksgiving! It’s their one opportunity to actually sing out loud in public, and, since they don’t have to worry about hitting a wrong note, they can let loose! After all, as many a monotone has said, “All the Lord requires is making a joyful noise!” It really is wonderful to be able to sing together without fear–joining our voices as one makes us all sound better. Sadly though, fewer folks are getting that experience from contemporary worship and its tendency to use unfamiliar tunes in worship. Often, worship leaders with amplified voices do the singing while ordinary folks have their voices drowned out and their ears assaulted. There’s certainly noise in the sanctuary, but often it’s not at all joyful! If it weren’t for the screens up front, no one would even be able to determine what words were being sung. What a blessing it is to be a part of a congregation where we can lift up our voices and sing for joy! Of course, skilled leaders will always be a gift, particularly when they’re there to assist and enhance rather than perform. Most pastors have even figured out that well-chosen-singable hymns (even new ones) can make up for their occasional sorry sermons! Believers love to sing!
Thought for the Day: What hymn do I love to sing?