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Sing!

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.            Psalm 104:33

It is strange that we attach much more importance to some commands of Scripture than to others, and for no apparent reason.  The Bible urges us to sing God’s praises as frequently as it tells us to pray.  Every Christian feels it his duty to pray daily, but how many sing a hymn or a song every day, as the Bible repeatedly enjoins us to do?

The world was created to the accompaniment of song. (Job 38:7)  The biggest book of the Bible consists entirely of songs.  Music played a large part in the Old Testament service of God, and we know that Jesus sang with His disciples, and that they continued to do so with one another after He left them.  Heaven is often described in terms of continual music, so that every one who hopes to go there should spend a great deal of time rehearsing for that perfect praise.  A person who does not care very much about singing will have to undergo a radical change if he is going to be happy in heaven.

God’s people sing together in worship on the Lord’s Day and on other occasions.  Unfortunately, we forget that singing is a Christian exercise that we should enjoy everyday, not just on Sundays or only in the house of God.  Psalm 108 tells us to greet the dawn with singing.  Try it, the moment you rise from bed, and find what a difference it makes in the whole day.

God through the whole day with a song in your heart if not on your lips.  Sing at least one song today as a family.  By means of song we edify one another (Colossians 3:16), witness to others, glorify God, and chase the devil away.  If we would sing more we would sin less.

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We Are Saints

He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.      Hebrews 10:14

It is impossible to make progress in the Christian race unless a person realizes that he or she is a saint in Christ.  Can you imagine cheerleaders encouraging a team yelling, “Let’s go, losers”?

Possibly we get the wrong impression of ourselves because many of the songs we sing in worship services emphasize human sin.  For many of us, worship can become a time of telling God how good He is and how bad we are.  Hebrews 10:14 however, tells us that Christians have been made holy.  In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul lists many types of sinners and then says: “Such were some of you.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (v. 11). We must be careful not to overlook Gods work of grace by calling attention to our sins all of the time.

Failing to recognize God’s complete salvation may also cause Christians to offend and confuse prospective converts.  What appeal does becoming a Christian have if a person doesn’t change or show any joy?

Perhaps we should address each other as “saints.”  Then, however, people would say we were being presumptuous and proud.  On the other hand, we must not take pride in humility.  Let us never call unclean what the Lord our God has hallowed.