Sing Praises to the Lord

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

            This past Sunday there was a ‘gathering’ of the churches in the Top o’ Texas Association of Southern Baptist Churches.  It was held at Central Baptist Church here in Pampa.  I must say that it was a truly great time.  I knew we had a bunch of talented singers but I just didn’t realize how talented they were.

            As Bro. James Greer was putting this together, he must have had a momentary lapse in sanity.  Don’t get me wrong I love this guy, but he must have slipped out of touch with reality.  Let me fill you in.

            I don’t remember the day he called but I know after he called I went to his office.  I just wanted to see if he was okay and if he was serious.  You see, he called and asked if I would sing!  This is what truly concerned me. 

            My ministry started out in music, but God called me to preach after one year in the school of music at Oklahoma Baptist.  I still love to sing, and know that singing is another way for me to share God’s Word.  Vicki and the girls can sing well, truly blessing people when they do.

            Singing for many of us is better done when we are mowing the lawn or while we are in the shower.  I just know that what Bro. James asked of me was almost more than I could give.  I told him I would pray about it and get back to him.  I finally told him that I would if he would take the blame for how it went!

            It was as I looked within Scripture for the commands for us to sing.  It was then that it hit me.  God didn’t say that only the ‘good ones’ were to sing.  Each of us are to sing praises to Him.

            In Ex. 15:1-2 it says – “Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said, ‘I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him.’”  In v. 21 Miriam even answered them, “Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; the horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.”

            The Psalms are filled with the call to sing to the Lord.  From Ps. 5:11 where it says ‘….let them ever sing for joy.  Then to Ps. 9:11 where it says “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion…”  To Ps. 27:6 where it says “I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”

            Ps. 30:4 says – “Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.”  Ps. 33:1 says – “Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.”  So you see it was important for the Psalmist to sing praises to the Lord.  You need to just read the Psalms and sing praises to the Lord.

            Then in the NT there are many references to singing, but I want to just share one.  Paul told the church in Colossae in Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

            It is important that we sing praises to the Lord.  The only imperative that Paul puts on it here is that we do it with ‘thankfulness in our hearts to God.’  I can tell you that on Sunday evening there were many thankful hearts at Central Baptist Church.

I am so very thankful for all the great singers.  The kids choir was great, the groups did great and the solos were great.  It was all great.  Now it is my prayer that God will take every song that was sang and glorify His name.  But it is also my prayer that God will put ‘His song’ in your heart and you will sing it with thankfulness.  Like the song says

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul