The reason we sing
I am currently preparing to teach on Sunday, March 16th, continuing in our series unpacking the Gospel by way of Ephesians. Basically, by the “luck of the draw” I ended up with 5:18-21. This passages reads:
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)
I’m privileged and excited to preach on this particular passage because I love talking about the power of the Spirit, and of course, singing songs and giving thanks to God are popular topics for me as well. So, in my researching of those smarter than me on this passage, I ran across a sermon from John Piper. You can read/listen to it in its entirety here. But I will stick with this one section that particularly stuck out to me.
The reason we sing is because there are depths and heights and intensities and kinds of emotion that will not be satisfactorily expressed by mere prosaic forms, or even poetic readings. There are realities that demand to break out of prose into poetry and some demand that poetry be stretched into song…Singing is the Christian’s way of saying: God is so great that thinking will not suffice, there must be deep feeling; and talking will not suffice, there must be singing.
WOAH! I mean, I guess I’ve heard that kind of sentiment before, but the way that Pastor John words things really strikes a chord with me (no pun intended). Music adds new power, life, vitality, drama, and transcendence that words alone cannot express, so we sing. Plus, singing helps us internalize and digest truth since it seems to latch onto our minds differently as well.
I can’t wait to share more with my Trinity family in two weeks! Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and stay safe, we’re not out of this winter yet!