“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
(Please read Colossians 3:16-17)
Many of us enjoy the old song entitled, “Sing and Be Happy.” This is an eminently scriptural idea; joy and singing are often coupled in the Bible. For example, Isaiah 49:13 (NIV), exulting in the restoration of Israel, exhorts, “Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains!” And James wrote, “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.”
So happiness calls for singing and singing brings happiness. Then how could you lose by singing?
Religious singing is so meaningful to Christians that the songs themselves often mention singing. A quick inspection of our congregation’s hymnal showed that no less than 194 of the 900 songs refer to singing, indicating some of the joy the authors themselves associated with song.
In congregational singing, some of us hold back, especially when the song is unfamiliar to us, for fear of making a musical mistake. Perhaps we should not be quite so bashful, since we need to express in song the joy of our salvation. Be that as it may, when we’re by ourselves we can offer full-throated praise to God in song with the assurance that he will not be critical of our performance – so long as we sing, as our text says, with gratitude in our hearts to him.
Why not try singing on the job today? Oh, not necessarily out loud, but in your heart. In that singing there is never a sour note.