Requirements for Singing in the Church Choir

Monday, September 08, 2008
Requirements for Singing in the Church Choir
Choir Devotional “Requirements for singing in the Church Choir”
Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. Psalm 47:6-7

Why do God’s people all over the world sing songs of adoration, praise, thanksgiving, worship, and testimony? Why do God’s people seem to be drawn to verbalizing how they feel about God in song? Is music in the church important? Is there only ONE “right” kind of music to sing in the church?

As does many verses in the Bible, Psalm 47:6 tells us to sing praises to God, repeatedly. If we weren’t already drawn to music, scripture tells us to sing. It does not tell us to sing if we can carry a tune. It does not say to sing if you feel like it. It does not that people trained in reading music should sing. It does not tell us that we should sing four-part harmony, nor that we should sing solely hymns, Southern Gospel, choruses, contemporary Christian, or any other genre of “Christian” music.

Scripture tells us to sing praises to God. US equals all of God’s children. US means that we don’t have to sound good; we don’t have to practice the same songs repeatedly until we get them right.

Verse 7 tells us that there is one requirement in our singing: to sing with understanding. If we do not understand what we are singing, then our singing is pointless and falls on deaf ears. We may not have time to sit down and analyze every word of every song in our hymnal, but we do need to analyze our hearts and make sure we know why we are singing.

We can only sing from our hearts when we understand what we are singing about. Take time this week to think about why you sing in the church choir!