Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord I am not eloquent, neither before nor since you have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue. So, the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?Exodus 4:10-11
The exhortation this morning is an encouragement to this congregation to continue to serve God with singing. Become skilled at it. Learn the songs, understand the theory, and when you sing unto the Lord sing with all your being.
We have a wonderful music leader in Mr. Bonet and we have skilled musicians accompanying us in worship. But it is not enough to just be here and soak it in, and even if this singing is new to you and all you can do is mumble and bumble along with your song packet, that is fine if that is you today. But take heart and look up ahead to where you are going.
Singing appears over 400 times in Scripture with a direct command to sing given over fifty-times. Both the opening passage and psalm this morning exhorted us to sing to the Lord.
So as Christians, we don’t have the option not to sing. And you don’t have the excuse that you are not very musically talented. As the Lord said to Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth?… Have not I, the Lord?” Lord has called you into His choir, and He knows every bit about you.
But why singing? What is God doing with Music?
Think of the children of Israel singing on the banks of the red sea. Think of Moses singing on edge of the promised land. Think of Deborah, David, Zacharias, Mary, the heavenly hosts over Bethlehem, the greeting of the saints in Ephesus and Colassae.
Singing is words said victoriously.
Singing is the rightful response to God’s victory in our lives and in this world.
And Song is powerful. Song is warfare. Both against sin in our lives and sin in the world.
So be thankful to be in such a musical community, but do not allow yourself to be satisfied with where you are today. Remember you will be singing before the thrown into eternity. So as the saying goes, further up and further in. Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.
Zach Browning – February 11, 2024