Selections from chapter 3 of Sing! How Worship Transforms Your life, Family, and Church
by Keith and Kristy Getty
We are a singing people because the gospel of the Lord Jesus compels us to sing. It’s what we do.
Alistar Begg says you can tell when someone who is on the sidelines of Faith has embraced their faith when you see them with full eyes and fully engaged in the singing. Saved people are singing people.
God’s love for us inspires our response of love for Him and calls forth songs of joy from our lips.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:14-14.
“For Christ’s Love compels us, because we have concluded this: One has died for all, therefore all have died; And he died for all that those who might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised again.”
Our Motivation to sing comes from so much more than ourselves, our likes, our comfort levels, our musical taste and preferences. Intrinsically, it’s driven by the one who died and was raised.
I sing because I’m free to run from all that tore me apart and to run to all that makes me whole. Romans 8:15 says: “The spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again: Rather, the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry Abba, Father”
If I know this is true of me, in my heart as well as my head…..well, It opens my mouth.
The truth is we praise what we love.
Singing gives voice to a heart that deeply knows the gospel of grace. It’s the overflow of a heart captivated by the gospel. In as many voices that join together to sing, there are as many hearts that are called to know Christ as Lord and Savior. From that place there is a genuine and rich overflow of praise. This should reassure us, no matter how you are feeling, nor how good or bad a week you’ve had, you can lift your eyes to Jesus with relief, for He has washed you clean, and so you can sing wherever your life is at and whatever you are facing.
We will spend our eternity singing, for the gospel compels us to sing. And we are a people who, as we reflect on the gospel, cannot help but sing. We do not sing because we have to, we sing because we love to.
Enjoy your week and go ahead and SING, you have a lot be happy about!