Living Christ by Singing Christ

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

Psalm 100:1-2, ESV

When thinking about these verses, when preaching on them at the end of last summer, it struck me that this chapter is a mind set that the Christian is to have, not just an exhortation.

We are to live thinking this every day. There are two particular characteristics of God, that He is God and He is Good.

We are to live knowing that the Lord, the promise keeping covenant God, well… He is God! The Provider, the Creator, the Sustainer of all things! That should fill us with a sense of awe and wonder and fear! We’re to have that heart stopping joy that we, yes we little people, are His. What a God!

We are to live knowing that He is Good. He is faithful and will care for His people tenderly like sheep. He knows their failings and weaknesses but longs that the flocks would depend on Him, for He is Good. His Love is Steadfast. He is forever totally Faithful.

But as we read that, it seems that sometimes we miss the emotion and joy that black ink on white pages have. Its no wonder that the Scriptures cry that we Sing! Make a joyful noise! The one we worship is Living, He is Good, and He is God!

I had the joy of helping with the music at a good friend’s wedding. The song we listened to being sung to us had a particular line in it. ‘Sometimes, you gotta sing your way into the truth.’

It is true isn’t it? As we sing Gods truth it has a particular effect and intensity that reading and preaching doesn’t convey. Let me clear, its the Word that we sing not just singing.

Music, melodies, chords and notes stir up our affections and emotions to make that joyful noise. A joyful noise of gladness and thankfulness! This spurs us on to know and love Him and live for Him in a rich way as we respond to His Word.

This is what Colossians 3:16 is getting at, to ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly’.

Losing singing would be losing a platform to bring Gods word to us in a deeply, deeply rich way.

At another wedding recently, I had the joy of leading the corporate sung worship, in song. I could tell that people really believed what they were singing by the way they were singing. With deep joy and thankfulness. Some were quiet others were loud but both those groups were making a deeply joyful noise.

It was very humbling, being in a position where I was leading from. Yet as a congregation of Gods people sang a truth it brought my heart to know that the Lord is indeed God, and He is indeed Good.

Maybe next time you’re struggling to live out a truth, go and sing it! Let your response to Gods word flow out in emotion and action. Prayerfully come before our God humbly knowing who he is.

In the wise words of Mr Beaver ‘He isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King.’

God has graciously given the gift of music and song to bring Him glory and to bring us richness as those who are in Him.

If you are one who in anyway struggles with singing. I want to tell you that you are no less loved by God. You are no less a Child of God. You aren’t being judged by other believers who seem on the outside to be joyful in their singing. If they are, then its their sin they need to deal with, but you have an audience of one who sees the heart.

The Psalm says to make a joyful noise. Nothing about a particular tune, or any tune in fact! If you do struggle I’d love to hear from you, as a brother in Christ.

One more time,

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!

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