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Don’t stop singing

February 13, 2012

“The church has always sung…whether on the high mountain of victory and celebration or through the low valley of persecution and despair…still the church has sung with great fervor.” Ralph Carmichael.

Sometimes I hear about churches that meet in coffee shops. I don’t have a problem with churches meeting in a non-church building but my first thought is always, how do they sing? do they sing? Because I can’t imagine a church that doesn’t sing. 

The Old Testament contains many stories where God’s people sang as well as a song book – Psalms. In the New Testament there are also references to songs/singing. So why is it so important that the church sings?

Firstly it is an opportunity to express how we feel about God and all that he has done for us. Secondly it is spiritual warfare. We declare to the enemy of our souls what we believe. Thirdly we join with other believers in a shared activity which promotes unity. Fourthly God speaks to us through the songs we sing. 

I suspect that some don’t like to sing because of the emotion it can invoke. However God has made us emotional beings and if we want to be all that God intends us to be, we sing.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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