Why sing? As I was reading through the Psalms I noticed the phrase 'I will sing.' As I compiled a list of verses that stood out for me they provoked me to ponder the words of an old song, “I sing because I’m happy and I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” I love to sing whether anyone else hears me or not, whether anyone chooses to sing along or not, I sing when I'm sad, I sing when I feel overjoyed.
And though I have many reasons to sing
they all basically fall into three categories;
to respond to God,
to recall what He has done,
and to reflect His glory.
Here are 10 reasons why I will sing His praises until my final breath:
- Psalm 7:17 To praise Him because He is just
- Psalm 9:2 To praise Him for filling me with joy
- Psalm 13:6 To praise Him for His goodness
- Psalm 40:3 To praise Him with new songs
- Psalm 57:9 To praise Him for His forgiveness
- Psalm 59:16 To praise Him for His power
- Psalm 59:16 To praise Him for His unfailing love
- Psalm 69:30 To praise His name
- Psalm 75:9 To praise Him for His actions
There are some songs that I sing during quiet times alone with God. Just as I pray in the spirit, I also have times when I sing in the spirit. With candles lit and just the voice I cry out to Him in song.
As I lift my voice in praise I’m not worried about the notes, or what words may come. I simply repeat whatever I hear Him saying to me. Last week, after Tom had gone to bed. I got up because I couldn’t sleep. Whenever that happens I grab my bible, light some candles to avoid the harshness of the overhead lamp, and I pray. During the day I had been studying the name Yahweh. So I started reading through some of the verses I had studied earlier. I read Exodus 33:19 that God told Moses that He would pass in front of him and call out His own name.
This short video is the song that I heard God singing to me as I was seeking His face on that quiet dark night.
Do you sing? I’d love to hear your reasons!