This happened on the way home from work and I’m so pleased I thought I’d share.
This isn’t new – many wise pastors, music ministers and the like have said these things before – but I here present it to you in alliterated form!
There are three main things that happen (or should happen) when we sing in church:
As you can see, worship is like a triangle. With arrows. And a smiley face.
The important thing is what is going on in the various relationships within the church – between God, ourselves individually, and the whole congregation.
So, when we sing, there are three things going on:
Reveal – God reveals Himself through the songs we sing. This is why it’s so important to have songs true to the Bible and packed with good theology; so that we are teaching our churches, and being taught, who God truly is.
Respond – We respond to God in singing. This is why it’s good to have responsive songs that might not be one-theological-fact-a-line but dwell on what a few things about God mean and allow us to sing with our lips what is going on in our hearts.
Remind – We remind each other of important truths. We aren’t just singing to God individually, but corporately. We are teaching and admonishing each other (as it says in Colossians 3:16), preaching the Gospel to one another, and encouraging each other to keep going in faith.
There it is!