I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Psalm 9:2b


It is surprising that singing is such a big part of the spiritual life.

After Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, what was the first thing they did? They sang. Can you imagine how much heart they put into their song?

Then Moses and the people of Israel

sang this song to the Lord, saying,

"I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously.

The Lord is my strength and my song."

(Exodus 15:1a,b, 2a)

All through the Bible God talks about singing songs of praise. The final reference, near the end of the Book of Revelation, includes lines from that first song, the song of Moses in Exodus 15:

Standing beside the sea of glass

with harps of God in their hands.

And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God,

and the song of the Lamb.

(Revelation 15.2d-3a)

Nowhere in the Bible is singing as prominent as it is in Psalms. The very word Psalms refers to Songs. These are the songs of Israel, meant to be sung to God. We have the lyrics but not the music.

In the Book of Psalms there are over a hundred references to the word singor to the word song. Just a few of them:


I will be glad and exult in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

(Psalm 9:2)


Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!



Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints.



But I will sing of your strength;

I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.



Oh come, let us sing to the Lord.



Oh sing to the Lord a new song;

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!



Oh sing to the Lord a new song,

For he has done marvelous things!



Why does singing matter so much to God?

Well, what else expresses the heart so powerfully as singing? What else is so powerful to express our love to God?

God created us to sing. He created us to sing to him. He has implanted a "singing gene" into our souls. This "singing gene" is not singing ability but singing desire. We yearn to sing to God.

You may have suppressed this yearning. You may have suppressed it for years. But it is there.

So with the singer, David, sing.

Sing to Jesus. Sing with all your heart.

Sing with God's people. Sing on your own.