Did you know there is power in your voice? Singing can praise the name of God and cast away the enemy. Let us lift up our voices to God.
What Happens When We Sing & Why It Matters To God
I love to sing! I sing in the shower. I sing while I clean and I sing at church. When I am having a bad day, I sing. When I am having a great day, I sing.
Maybe you share my love and passion song. Then again, maybe you don’t. You might be someone who patiently endures the singing on Sunday mornings at church. You may be the one person or two standing there as you watch everyone else sing. Because what you really came to hear is the message preached.
Maybe singing is uncomfortable, or maybe you don’t like the sound of your voice. There are many reasons not to sing, but there are many reasons to rejoice in song and praise.
Why Singing Matters To God
Did you know the word “sing” appears in scripture over 160 times? The bulk of those verses come from the book of Psalms, but many can be found sprinkled throughout the Bible. And in the New Testament, we’re commanded not once, but twice, to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to one another when we meet (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
Why does God so often tell us not simply to praise him but to sing his praises when we meet? Why not just talk about His goodness or pray? And why do we need words to sing? Can we not just hum a favorite tune? Simple answer, because God rejoices when we sing. He tells us so in the book of Zephaniah.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
Choices we have to make
Satan enjoys taking pleasure in tripping us up daily. He loves when we can turn our focus away from God and onto the displeasures of life. We can say; “Satan is attacking my marriage.” “Satan is trying to keep me from being happy at my job.” “Satan is showing me truths about myself.” He can certainly keep our minds busy. Discouragement and exhaustion are at the root of the enemy’s fiery darts.
But he can not contend with God or us. How often do we forget – Greater is HE that lives inside of ME, than he who is in this world (1 John 4:4). Jesus already won the battle for us.
So we have a choice – to pick up our shield of faith to block the darts from the enemy or grant permission to allow Satan to walk over us. I know we can both agree. We will be fighting this battle together and we can do it through song.
- For when we sing, all the glory can be given to God!
- For when we sing, we surrender our circumstances over!
- For when we sing, we praise the name of Jesus!
- For when we sing, we know the battle has already been won!
- For when we sing, Jesus Christ is Lord!
When our lives are threatened – when our marriages, friendships, and faith are threatened – we should seek the Lord.
What happens when we sing
Have you ever noticed how good you feel after you sing? There are many reasons for it. First, Satan can not stand when we sing praises to God. Yes, the power of your voice worshiping God can drive him away. And don’t think for a minute that your voice, the one you don’t like to hear singing, has any power. Because it does! Not everyone is good at math. Not everyone can be a good leader, but everyone can sing.
We have two incredible weapons we can use: the word of God and song.
My Life Application Study Bible commentary explains that Paul provides us with three by-products of the spirit; singing, making music, and giving thanks. I didn’t notice him speak of complaining, gossiping, or worrying. Which we so often get caught up in. Have you ever noticed that when we do either of these three things, we tend to feel more anxious and stressed afterward?
But singing, after singing and especially after Praising God and even in the midst of a terrible storm, we always feel better. Science even backs up singing as a form of aerobic exercise.
It releases the feel-good endorphins, which lower our stress levels. Singing opens up our lung capacities, and it improves the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system.
When we choose to use our voices in battle, we not only make Satan step down, but we entrust ourselves to God.
Today, and throughout this month, let us lift up our voices and sing. No matter our circumstances, no matter if we are having a bad day or a good day, we shall sing of our God’s greatness.
I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalms 13:6
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for always working in our lives even when we don’t see it. Help us to get past the insecurities which hold us back. We know, when we focus on you and sing of your great Name, nothing can inhibit us from the wonders of your love. Allow us to soak in your presence as we continually sing praises unto you.
In your precious name, Jesus – Amen!
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