I can sing but I cannot sing well. I am not even sure what a key is or if I am hitting a note. I just sing. I’ve been told to pipe down on numerous occasions and I have accepted that it is not a gift of mine. However we each have a voice with which to sing and Paul talks about us being a choir. Yep, all of us joined together can be a beautiful choir.
Today’s passage says that not only will our voices sing, our very lives will sing in harmony. But how is this possible? Paul says we each “should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” (v.2 NIV). We should accept each other just as Christ has accepted us. Paul also says that God gives endurance and encouragement and He is able to give each of us the same attitude of mind.
It is not a small task, but God gives us what we need to get it accomplished. As we seek God for endurance and encouragement, as we continue to accept others as He has accepted us, we will grow in Christ and our spiritual maturity will bring us together with one mind and one voice so we can praise the God, singing in harmony—not only with our voices but with our very lives.
“May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!” – Romans 15:5-6 [MSG]
On the way home from work, I was singing loudly during the praise and worship music. I would say 90% of the time you will find me doing this while driving. I came to a red light and stopped in traffic. Still singing with windows open, a SUV pulled aside me in the turning lane. They had their windows down and there were two kids in the back seat. They were not fans of my singing and yelled for me to quiet down but I kept on singing.
I do not have a very pleasant singing voice but when I am singing praises to God, I am not performing for judges or trying to land a record deal. God does not say to His off-key children, “Stop singing. I didn’t give you the gift of a great singing voice.” It is not about the voice. It is not about the musical talent. It is about the heart. When we sing it should be an outpouring of our heart.
Today sing as if no one is watching—and if someone is watching, don’t stop because you aren’t Grammy material. Sing to the Lord. Praise Him. Give Him the praise that He alone deserves.
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” – Psalm 150:6 [NIV]
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” – Acts 16:25 [NIV]
Something stood out to me while seeing the news coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the devastating Oklahoma Tornado. I witnessed so many people praising God amidst the storm. It reminded me of Paul and Silas singing hymns and praying to God amidst their own storm, while locked away in prison. They praised God during the storm and then came an earthquake which freed them from their chains.
Perhaps we haven’t experienced what the people of Boston and Oklahoma experienced, but we all have storms of some magnitude in our lives. We have suffering. We have pain. We have situations. We have troubles. We have difficulties. We have struggles. We have diseases. We have injuries. We have problems. These storms, small and large, come. Do we praise God during the storms? Do we sing to the Lord during the good and bad?
Paul and Silas sang to God and there came an earthquake. The news coverage showed a Boston victim praising God and walking the next week despite a leg amputation. A lady prayed to God amidst the storm and gave Him glory during the interview, and her missing dog was found in the rubble on live television.
Whatever storm you are going through today or whatever storm may soon come your way—keep on praising our heavenly Father. He is always good. He is always worthy of praise.
As I was driving through Virginia, I saw so many beautiful mountains. Though I have seen many breathtaking mountains in various countries, God continues to amaze me. The radio was on and as if God had waved His conductor’s wand to use the music to work together with the beautiful sight before me, David Crowder sang, “You make everything glorious.” I could do nothing else but worship the Lord as I thought of the beautiful sights that He created from nothing. The beautiful colors. The beautiful scenery. No one has a paintbrush like God.
We get so busy with our day-to-day list to accomplish that we often do not take a moment to look at some of the beauty around us. Today, be sure to take a moment to look around with eyes opened, seeing some of the things God has created. He truly makes everything glorious whether we open our eyes or not, but we are much more blessed when we share it with Him.
“All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.” – Psalm 66:4