We Sing and Lead Others in Singing
Does it matter?
Is our ministry just a pitiful noise lost in the clamor of civilizations in deadly conflict, families in ruin, and lives squandered? Surely there is something we can do that is more substantial, more meaningful, and has more impact than to simply gather together in our houses of worship to play our tunes and sing our songs and make our little speeches as we perform our ceremonies of remembrance and hope.
I really believe that worship is one of the most important things people can do. It may seem irrelevant or even useless, but this is not the case.
This troubled world is in constant motion; gigantic forces clash: evil vs. good, darkness vs. light, nation warring with nation. Tragedy stalks our homes and schools and even our churches with guns blazing and no one feels safe.
But the drumbeat of evil is not the only sound in the world. There are those who march to a different drummer indeed. As the old American song states, “His truth is marching on!” Amid the sounds of a fallen humanity there can be heard the song of a redeemed humanity. There is a song of joy in the face of sorrow, a melody of peace that opposes violence, and a hopeful chant that dispels despair. There is a symphony orchestra complete with a chorus that plays every week, every Lord’s Day—the Church gathered in worship!
What we do matters; it matters a great deal. How?
1. We establish the Kingdom of God in our midst when we praise the Lord.
2. When we worship Him the Lord is with us, walking among us “with healing in his wings” to touch us, deliver us, open our blinded eyes and bind up our broken hearts.
3. When we tell His story, lives are changed forever when people simply believe.
4. At the Table of the Lord the New Covenant is renewed.
5. When we worship God, His light shines on us, in us, and through us, beating back the encroaching darkness.
6. True Worship brings people together despite the dividing forces at play in the world and in the church.
7. The church at worship journeys to the place where God dwells in power and rules in peace.
8. As worshipers contemplate the Glory of the Lord in worship, they are changed from the inside out.
So, what shall we do this Sunday?
Let’s sing the truth, and go forth in light and truth.
• There will be hurting people who will need the healing touch found in the song of Jesus.
• There will be families in the pews who are on the verge of flying apart who need the peace of Christ.
• There will be people under assault who need a marching song to sing that will dispel the darkness and bring them to light.
• There will be people who need to be reminded that Jesus, alone, is Lord.
We had better sing—it really does matter!
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