SINGING, PLAYING AND PRAISING

“Music is portable theology. Scott A. Gayer 

          What a quote! With few exceptions we can sing the Word aloud. Yup! Grocery stores, at the gas pump, even at work (as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job!), walking around the mall, just about anywhere! 

          “For I’m persuaded to believe nothing can separate us from the wonderful love of God . . .” (Romans 8:38-39). That is theology in a song. It is something that we, Christians, can hold onto when things are seemingly chaotic in our lives. 

          The great theologian, Martin Luther, penned the words to one of the most outstanding hymns of faith and theology. Consider these portions taken from the verses of “A Mighty Fortress”: 

  • (God) A bulwark never failing – Isaiah 26:1 
  • Were not the right Man on our side . . . Christ Jesus, it is He 
  • We will not fear for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us 
  • The body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still, His Kingdom is forever 

How can we not be moved when we hear, read and sing the words of that 

mighty hymn? Our faith should be increased with our willingness to sing them.  

          Praising the name of Jesus in song can be done anywhere! Even if you are some place where you can’t sing out loud, sing to yourself! 

          Now I will tell you a secret: are you bummed out about life? Are you depressed? Is there a life situation that is dragging you down and causing you to just sit in the mully grubs?  A despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood: sulks, blues. (Merriam-Webster dictionary) 

          Then SING!! Put on worship choruses (they’re on YouTube and especially if they are scripture songs), find a favorite CD, tape – something – and sing along! Look at the words as you sing. Why? Because around 15-20 minutes of praising the Lord something will happen. 

          Either you will shut off the music and you stay in your “blue” mood, or, the Spirit of God will lift your spirit and you will be rejoicing! 

          It won’t necessarily change the situation, but it can change your outlook on it! So . . . . sing praises to Him! 


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