Did you know that people have died because they sang congregationally in praise of the Lord? One in a list of accusations against Bohemian Jan Huss was martyred for speaking the “heresy of congregational singing.” In fact, part of Martin Luther’s reformation was bringing congregational singing with his hymns. If a town heard a congregation singing, then they knew that people had departed the Catholic church and were under the influence of Protestantism.
“Melodies matter. Words matter. Our songs always say something. We have been created to use language. to reflect and meditate on His words, to remember over and over again His voice. Singing together organizes notes and words in beautiful ways to shine God’s dazzling truths into the relativistic grays of our culture”.
“As we sing to God and about God together with the people of God, we reflect the truth that we were designed for community, both with God and with each other”.
When we sing as God’s people, it brings us into line with the whole of the rest of creation:
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity. Psalm 98
“God is the ultimate musician. His music transforms your life. The notes of redemption rearrange your heart and restore your life. His songs of forgiveness, grace, reconciliation, truth, hope, sovereignty, and love give you back your humanity and restore your identity”.
Pastor Jarrod Scott