I was thinking about the joy of singing as we worshiped in church yesterday. It is the part of the service where we all join in and actually release a great deal of energy, of body, mind, and heart. The experience is both personal and corporate and builds a sense of oneness with each other and with the Lord. Singing prepares our hearts to hear the message from God's Word and, after the message, helps seat that message more firmly within. When we are singing, our focus is the focus of each song and it seems a picture of what Heaven may be like as the saints surround the throne and lift up praises in unity to the Lamb who was slain. I was also struck with the truth that singing can be done in an uninterrupted way because we breathe as we sing. We exhale the words and melody and inhale between phrases. This pictures the normal place of worship in our lives, woven into the course of our days.
Psalm 47:6-7 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises in a skillful psalm and with understanding.