Selections from chapter 2 of Sing! How Worship Transforms Your life, Family, and Church by Keith and Kristy Getty
“Christian singing is far more than doing our duty, but it is never less. We are commanded to, ‘Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.'” (Ps. 149:1) There are more than four hundred references to singing in the Bible and at least fifty direct commands. We are not to disregard the command because we don’t like the music or the personnel or are not in the mood.
We are commanded to sing in “the assembly of the saints.” Since we are one in the assembly there will be songs you may not have chose and will be willing to lay down your own tastes for the good of the wider assembly.
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” So we are to sing about God specifically as revealed in Christ and in His work upon the cross. This passage also instructs us to sing with thankfulness and with heart. This scripture is not instructing just mere lip service of song. Does our singing reveal what is truly important to us?
Have you considered that we have a singing savior in Jesus Christ? Matthew 26 informs us that on the night he was betrayed and before He died for us he was singing with his friends. Can you imagine his song as he knowingly was approaching his darkest hour?