Yesterday, aside from a bit of a rant about paid choirs in churches, I started to answer the question, why do we sing in church.
The main reason for the singing we do in church is because God inhabits praise, and one of the main reasons for gathering in the first place is the presence of the Father.
Don’t misunderstand me please. I know church is about more that seeking the presence of God. We meet together to make disciples, to sharpen one another, love one another and do all those other wonderful one anothers.
Most churches call what they do on Sunday mornings a worship service, so it should be safe to assume there is at least an underlying desire for the presence of Father in our gatherings.
We saw yesterday that this is the main reason we sing, to enter His presence.
The second reason is almost a corollary to the first.
When the Father is present the word has more of an ability to transform us.
I would never take away from the ability of the eternally anointed Word of God to transform men and women in a vacuum. But as God inhabits our praises, and allows us through His gates and into His courts, His Spirit is better able to quicken our hearts to His word. [Tweet This]
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. - 1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB
The Word of God left to the natural mind can create Pharisees while the Word of God in the hands (or voice) of the Spirit of God transforms men from brute beasts to supernatural soldiers.
It is the expressed mission of the Spirit to, well –
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. - John 14:26 NASB
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. - John 16:13 NASB
And all this stirring – this quickening – this anointing comes when we enter the presence of the Lord.
Back to church-
We sing praises and adoration - it ushers us into the presence of the Lord. We open the Word of the Lord in His presence and our eyes are opened.
It’s a great plan.
It works at home too – take some time to seek the face of the Father as you ready your mind and Spirit to open His word.
Lord – you are magnificent – your deeds are past finding out. Open our eyes to your wonderful Word today.