Psa. 92:1 ¶ It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Singing spiritual songs is one of the great joys of a Christian’s life. Before we knew Christ, spiritual songs had no attraction to us, our heart was filled with other loves. When Christ captured our heart with His love our song was changed. Obviously, a man sings about what he loves, singing flows out of our heart. Songs are created by anger, joy, love; all the things that we feel strongly about. What are you singing about today? Have your problems stolen your song? Amazingly, it is a good thing to sing praises to The Lord. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is the joyful and beneficial thing to do. Check out Edwards’ thought on singing from his 18th Century perspective.
“This song is not only acceptable to God, but most sweet and delightful to the soul of him that sings it. It is the pleasantest song in the world. The singing of songs is used as a token of mirth and rejoicing. Singing and rejoicing are wont to go together. When carnal persons meet together to sing songs, it is in token of carnal mirth. But there is no joy like that which is expressed in singing this new song. This is that pleasure that the Psalmist speaks of in Psalms 135:3, “sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.” And so Psalms 147:1, “Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” The melody is pleasant to the angels, and pleasant to the Lamb of God, and pleasant to him that sits upon the throne, and most pleasant to the soul that makes the melody. The act of praise is an abundant reward to itself. He that sings it has communion with God in it, for in the same time that there flows a stream of love out of the heart towards God, there flows a more full stream of love from God into the soul. At the same time that he praises God with a sweet voice, Christ with a sweeter voice speaks peace to the soul and manifests his love to it.”
I love Edwards’s observations here, “The act of praise is an abundant reward to itself”. You see, in singing and worshipping our Lord, we are drawn into the experiential side of Christianity. This is the place we begin to taste God’s goodness, this is where spiritual joy becomes this center of our lives. You see singing is an expression of who we are. Just as we can tell a lot about who someone is by the things they love, our songs expose who we really are. Maybe you have never let the songs of The Lord become part of your everyday life. Today would be a great day to start. Sing to The Lord, it really is a good thing.