Many Christians feel that singing is “just for those with a good voice”, “only matters for those with musical gifts”, or that it is limited to “a few hymns during Sunday morning worship service”. Yet, in Scripture we find that the exhortation to teach and admonish one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” is without qualification or limitation. That exhortation is to every believer! It’s not just for worship leaders, not just for musicians and singers. It’s for everyone! The goal of the Sing Unto the Lord daily devotional series is to encourage believers to enrich their walk with the Lord by fully taking advantage of one of the means of grace with which the Lord has blessed His children: singing!
In Genesis we are told that God has made us in His image. “Imago Dei” means that through these humble and finite physical bodies we somehow get to reflect the characteristics of our exalted and infinite Triune God. Singing is a part of that reflection! Our God, is a God who describes Himself as one who sings. In Zephaniah 3:17 we are told “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in his love, He will joy over thee with singing” (italics mine for emphasis). Hallelujah! Our God dwells with us and rejoices over us so much so that His joy bubbles over with singing!
Beyond that verse in Zephaniah, joyfulness, rejoicing, and singing are tied together numerously in the Scriptures. Singing is a means of grace through with the Lord is able to minister us and develop in us joy, which is a fruit of the Spirit. Modern neurologists have recently confirmed this truth that Scripture has long-ago revealed. According to several studies, singing releases oxytocin, a hormone which increases feelings of bonding and trust, and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. How kind and loving of our Lord to hard-wire our brains to benefit from the singing of His praises!
After studying the role of singing in the Bible and the neurological confirmations of the testimony of Scripture, we’ve developed a new appreciation for the numerous verses which say “The Lord is (our) strength and (our) song.” It’s simply mind-blowing how often the people of God are told to “sing unto the Lord” and equally amazing the benefits to our minds, bodies and souls when we do. Therefore, we’ve endeavored, through the Sing Unto the Lord daily devotional series, to share little nuggets of truth that we’ve gleaned. It is our hope that through this daily devotional, Christians are encouraged to fully make use of the gift of song, to develop hearts enriched with melody, and to lift their voices in the delightful praise of our God. May the Lord truly bless you as you seek to worship Him in song!