And sing, sing your hearts out to God!
Colossians 3 15
Are you a singer? If pressed I would say that I wasn’t really much of a singer. I’m not a very tuneful sort of person. However, those of us brought up in a church tradition tend to just have it as part of our nature I think. I don’t think I have ever noticed singing as such a full-on command before. (You and I both know by now, that you are not dealing with Pauline levels of Bible knowledge when you read this blog)
A few years ago I went to a funeral at the local Salvation Army Citadel. For reasons that are too long and boring to go into here, I was there with some people from work. Like most Sally Army funerals, it was a celebration as much as anything else and I knew all the hymns so I just did what you do. Afterwards, my workmates were a bit surprised that I knew all the words etc and was singing along quite happily. (Slightly concerned by how puny my Christian witness is there, if everyone was surprised I knew how to conduct myself in a church service) I’ll be honest – I was happier having a good sing than they were – rocking from side to side and trying to sing out of the side of their mouths.
Lots of people have no idea about hymns or Christian songs now. I remember a workmate who was getting married and was having to chose hymns for the service. Well it was a hymn actually. Just the one. The vicar had more or less insisted. He was panicking because he couldn’t come up with anything at all. We had quite a long philosophical discussion about whether Elvis Presley’s “You saw me crying in the chapel” would count. My personal opinion was that it was there or thereabouts. The vicar was playing with more of a straight bat. I can’t remember what we went for in the end but I would have remembered a church full of bank clerks doing Elvis impressions so I don’t think we got to do that.
I have to admit I am a bit more of a hymn person these days. I think there are some lovely worship songs about so it’s personal opinion of course. (There are some rubbish ones too. What does “I see a near revival” mean? A near revival is no good to anyone is it really? It’s either a revival or it’s not don’t cha think? Answers on a postcard.) I am a bit over pointing at the ceiling and sort of aggressively informing God how AMAZING he is but I know people who are far more spiritual than me love it. You chose what you like but we are to sing and sing loud. We are supposed to sing our hearts out. Because it is good for us. I’m not sure why but maybe something happens when we sing. We put our bodies into it and find that the words are imprinted on us and we are lifted. This is non-scientific but is a true thing, I am certain. We can sing in choirs or in cars. ( I am as good as Adele on my own in the car funnily enough) There is it though. Sing. Sing your hearts out. Don’t come running to me if you don’t – I can only pass these deep and godly pearls of wisdom on. Leave that with you.
And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. Colossians 3