Psalm 13:6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS
Throughout history, various motives have moved men to sing unto the Lord. Some men sang as a testimony of some specific thing God had done for them (Exodus 15:1; Psalm 126:1-2). Others sang in order to teach truths set forth in the word of God (Colossians 3:16; Psalm 101:1). Some even sang songs that would testify against them in times of disobedience (Deuteronomy 31:19). Though some things have changed throughout history, God’s people still should sing songs of personal testimony like My Jesus, I Love Thee; songs that teach like Holy and Reverend Is the Name; and songs that witness against disobedience like He Was Not Willing.
• (For children): There are many reasons to sing: when we feel good (James 5:13b), during troubles (Acts 16:25), or when we want to praise God (Psalm 69:30). It is also a command (Psalm 100:2) and Jesus sang (Hebrews 2:12).
• (For everyone): Why do you sing? How often do you take time to consider the message of the songs you sing? Do your songs line up with scriptural reasons for singing?
• Make a list of your favorite songs. What are the purposes or reasons for singing each song? Do these reasons testify as to why these songs would be your favorite?
• Ask the Lord to help your choice of songs to please Him.
• Ask God to show you reasons to sing unto Him.