I had to miss choir practice tonight due to extenuating circumstances. I had looked forward to singing tonight, so was somewhat discouraged that I was unable to. But as a result, the night brought to my mind a recent quote I read by Bob Kauflin on the reason why we sing. Kauflin recently spoke these words at a Worship Conference:
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Tonight I came across words from David Ward on why we sing, in relation to the congregation: Also very true and important insights on this subject:
As we sing to one another, encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ with the precious truths of God’s works and ways, we bring glory to God. He has designed singing as a wonderful way for those who are strong in the gospel to encourage those who are weak as they give witness with their lips and body to the reality and power of what they are singing about. Even as a song leader, I have had many mornings where I was inwardly struggling to believe and appropriate the gospel. God often uses the sound and the posture of the congregation to help get my attention off of myself and my individual spiritual walk and be encouraged at His work amongst our entire congregation
Singing is very important to me, it is core stuff, it is prayer.