Sing A Song
Third Day (a contemporary Christian group for those who may not know) have a song entitled “Sing a Song.” This is not to be confused with songs of the same title by Earth, Wind, and Fire or the Carpenters (and yes, I know how much the last sentence dates me, no need to send me emails telling me).
Third Day sings “I want to sing a song for you, Lord; Lord, for you I want to sing a song. And I want to lift my voice to heaven and listen while the angels sing along. A song of your faithfulness, a song of your grace, and of your loving kindness to the glory of your name.”
Now, truth be known, I doubt that angels sing along when I sing. They probably wing away and hide. On the other hand, if your experience is like mine, sometimes the only thing to do is sing. The only way to praise or pray or proclaim is by singing. I simply try to be considerate of others and not do it around them too much (and I pray, for your sake, that the sound techs mute my microphone during the hymns).
Singing the faith is as old as the faith. The Bible contains within its pages a hymnal – we call it the Book of Psalms. We read that Jesus and the disciples sang before leaving the Upper Room for the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of Jesus’ betrayal. Paul encourages the church to strengthen one another with prayers and spiritual hymns. And, if all of that is not cause enough, we as Methodists are children of the Wesleys who believed that the faith was best taught by singing and who wrote hymns themselves (over 6000 by Charles alone!).
It would not be out of character, then, for us to sing. Singing is at the heart of Christian life and practice.
Last week, we encouraged you to choose one word to guide you through the year in your spiritual journey. This week, we will encourage you to choose a song – one song – that compliments your word, reinforces its central meaning for you, and that will help you stay focused on your way. I hope you’ll come and join us in singing of “God’s faithfulness, a song of God’s grace, of his loving kindness to the glory of God’s name.” I promise to sing along with, just not loud enough for you to hear me.
Grace and peace. rcf