As we said Sunday, when we open our mouths to sing and give God praise, we are never alone. It doesn’t matter if we are in a worship service, at home doing laundry, or driving in our car, when we sing to God, we never sing a solo. We always sing a duet because Jesus is singing with us! Hebrews calls us to respond to the greatness of God’s saving power in our lives by continually offering up “a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.” He calls us to honor Him with our words and He calls us to sing praises to His name, His fame, and His glory.
However, though this command is to every believer, in recent days the art of singing has become hijacked. Tragically, in many congregations, singing has become something left to the professionals or the females. Praise through singing is a corporate opportunity to give God thanks and to exalt His name, and yet many men stand, hand in pocket, mouths closed, with eyes glazed over. For years, it wasn’t the sweet sounds of ladies, but the lower tones of men resonating from the pews that led congregations in singing. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Today, many worshippers, but especially modern men, have lost the art of celebrating God; we’ve lost the art of worshipping, and it’s time to bring it back.
Last week, while I was preparing for Sunday’s sermon, I stumbled across an article written by David Mathis of Desiring God. The article is entitled “Dad Enough to Sing,” and though it’s written with men in mind, everyone can benefit from reading it. The article also contains an embedded video of an interview with Bob Kauflin. Kauflin talks about the importance of fathers and parents establishing an atmosphere of worship within the home. Matthis opens the article with these lines: “I want my sons to grow up believing that a grown man singing is one of the most natural sounds in the world. It doesn’t have to be great singing. I’m no accomplished vocalist. Yet I don’t want my boys – or my daughter, for that matter – to ever think it’s strange for men to sing. Rather, it’s strange, and sad, when men don’t sing.”
To all of the dads and moms out there who wish to cultivate the art of celebrating God within your home, I commend this Matthis’ article as a good place to begin the conversation.