Psalm 150:6 (ESV) — Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Concerts are a blast. This is especially true if you know the band or artists, and you enjoy their songs. Joining with hundreds or thousands of other people in singing familiar songs is an incredible experience.
My first concert was an Aerosmith concert. I knew some of their songs, but after the concert I wanted to know all the songs. Seeing so many people enjoying the concert and singing along caused me to want to know them more. But not everybody loves concerts. Some people don’t even enjoy singing songs or care about music. It is one thing to not enjoy the radio or want to attend concerts, but as Christians, we are all called to be singers.
Our passage today touches on the idea of singing, particularly singing our praises to God. The psalmist gives an exhortation, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” If you are keeping track at home, everything that has breath means everything that is alive. Every living thing should praise the Lord. One of the greatest ways we praise the Lord is in our singing of songs to Him. We exalt His greatness, extol His promises, and delight in His presence through song.
Should every Christian praise the Lord with our singing? Yes. This has nothing to do with our preferences of music or enjoyment of singing. This has to do with the worthiness of the Lord. It is about Him, not us. If you are a Christian who struggles with singing and find little pleasure in it, you must be obedient in the command and take action, asking God to help your heart follow. We shouldn’t allow our desires to shape our actions. We should let God’s Word shape our actions and pray our hearts will align as they should.
Sing praises to the Lord. If you have breath today, use it to sing the praises of your Creator and Redeemer!
Reflection & Journal:
Do you enjoy singing? Why or why not?
What are some of your most memorable experiences of singing with others?
What role does singing praises play in our discipleship? How does singing help us treasure Christ and grow?