Singing the Word

Singing the Word

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16 

Music is one of God’s many good gifts. Regardless of your culture and background, all people groups enjoy music of various genres and styles. Music even has the power in and of itself to stir our affections. Because of this, we should be wise about how to use music in our worship. So then, how should we think about music and song?

Throughout Scripture, we see the gift of music and the command (yes, command!) for everyone to sing to the Lord. In Psalm 96:1 we read,  “Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!” This is one of many verses exhorting us to sing. In the New Testament, we see the command to sing as well. In Colossians 3:16, the apostle Paul writes “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.”

What we see in this verse are some of the purposes of singing together. The first purpose I want to focus on? One way God has ordained for his word to dwell in us is through song. Did you catch that? We are to let the word of Christ dwell in us through singing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” This means that the songs that we sing should all reflect the Truth that we find in Scripture. We are to pair God’s word and truths from God’s word with music in order to sing.

Many of us can walk away from a sermon on Sunday and remember it throughout the next couple of days, perhaps a week, but a well-crafted song of worship can stick with us throughout a lifetime. In Psalm 119:05, the psalmist writes “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Again in verse 11 we read, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

God has given us music to help us store up His word in our hearts and minds.

As Christians—those who have trusted in Christ—we are also those who have recognized our need for God’s word. We were created for God’s glory. We were created to know him and to walk in his ways. Without God’s word, we are lost and blinded by our sin; we do not know the way to go. God’s word is our lamp, our guide and it displays the glory of Christ. While commanding us to sing, he does so for our good and for our joy!

One way we can delight in and benefit from this gift is by joyfully singing the glorious truths from God’s eternal, never-changing and life-giving word. If we want to let the word of Christ dwell in us, we must be those who sing. Not only is it a command, but it is one of the ways God has planned for his word to abide in us.

Finally, notice that the Colossians verse states that his word shall dwell in us richly. We should be people who believe and sing deep truths from God’s word. Our God is an infinite God; perhaps this is why God’s word tells us in Psalm 96 to sing a new song! We can never sing enough about God. We can never exhaust the vastness of his glory. As we gather together and as we go throughout our lives, we shall let the word of Christ dwell in us richly in singing.

In Christ,

Bryan Roe

Redeemer Church Worship/Student Pastor

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