Last week I attended a three-day annual youth conference. One of my very favorite things about youth conference is the music. I love to sing powerful Christian hymns along with hundreds of other young believers. This year I gained new appreciation for the ability to sing. On the first night I got laryngitis. No matter how much I wanted to sing, my voice would not work properly. As a result I understood just how much singing meant to me.
This week’s verse contains a very simple concept that we ought to take to heart: it is a good thing to thank and sing praises to God. Here are three things I understand from this verse about singing for the gospel's sake.
We ought to sing to the Lord.
The first half of our verse is directed to us, the readers, while the second half is directed to God. So when the author writes “unto thy name, O most High”, he is referencing God. When we sing, it should be to and for the Lord.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:16-17)
We ought to sing to the Lord forever.
The Jewish word for LORD here is Jehovah. This name for God means “Eternal”. God has always existed and always will. If we have been born again, we will live on with Him through eternity. And guess what we will be doing in heaven. Singing! This means that we can experience a small taste of heaven here on earth when we sing.
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” (Revelation 5:9)
We ought to sing to the Lord forever because of who He is.
The second title that the author uses to reference God (Most High) is “‘Elyôn” in Hebrew. It means "the Supreme". God should receive our praises and songs forever because there is none other higher than Him. We can also sing to let others know that God is the Highest.
“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, Art the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:18)
This week, take the time to sing to the Lord. It will bring joy to both your heart and the heart of God. It is good to sing praises unto God.
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