“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” vs. 1
We can’t be sure when humans started singing but it had to have been right around the time we started to talk. It’s one of the most natural things that we do and is probably the very best way we have of expressing joy and happiness. We’ve been particularly fond of singing as we look for ways to thank God for the wonder of our existence in this amazing universe. All worship services include hymns and songs…they’re an integral part of liturgy. And while most folks have an appreciation for the old standards for praising God, we’re always looking for new songs, too. And when our musicians come up with verses and tunes we’ve never heard before, it adds excitement to congregational singing, particularly if the rhythms and harmonies are pleasant to the ear. It would be a sorry Sunday if we didn’t get at least one chance to lift our voices to the Lord even if we haven’t the talent for joining the choir. Our singing, even if it’s what some call, “a joyful noise,” gives opportunity for showing appreciation for life and for the unfathomable greatness of our Lord. And, at other times, those moments of reflection and sadness and the songs’ refrains can bind us together as nothing else. They become our common prayer, a crying out to God for mercy and comfort. It’s a sorry soul that never has a chance to sing.
Thought for the Day: What are my favorite songs and hymns?