So I cant sing. I am actually maybe the worst singer ever. This past Sunday my wife commented to me that I should try not to sing out because I could scare the people around me. (this was in jest) Once when I was in college at chapel I sat between two choir members and they both asked if I could stop singing for one of the verses because I was so off key it was throwing them off. I am bad and I know it. On occasion at Church I leave my mic on and others know it, but I still sing. This blog post has nothing to do with others joking comments. I don’t think anyone of them was seriously asking me to not sing just having some playful banter.
I think everyone should sing in Church. I think everyone should be an active participant in the worship service. I sit in the front row of Church and often sit where I can see most of the men and women in my Church skipping the singing part. This by the way has nothing to do with contemporary or traditional worship services. Sure sometime the key for the song is unsingable or the hymn uses words no one understands or can sing. We may have many reasons people don’t sing but if you are not doing it because you are an awful singer please listen up.
The saddest reason I think people don’t sing is because they think they sound terrible. They are afraid to sing out because they don’t want to be embarrassed. Well let me tell you something I know as a youth guy. Your kids are watching. Your boys sitting in the pew are watching you mom and dad. They are watching you and thinking Dad thinks this Church thing is dumb, so we think it is dumb. Mom doesn’t sing so we can check out of this Church thing. Please, please, please sing. Mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma please sing. It is better for you to be involved worship, but most important it shows those young people around you that you care about this Jesus. I know you know and love Jesus. I really want you to show that to others by being involved. Sing loud and praise the Lord.
In college my favorite line a friend Rev. Dave Herald and I used to say. “If you have a good voice sing loud and praise God…If you have a horrible voice sing loud and get back at him!” Enjoy God’s gift of song, sing to the lord and receive his blessings through the worship services. Help lead by example to our young people that this Jesus who came and died for us is worth giving praise in response to his good gifts.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1 ESV