Scripture Proclaims the Benefits of Singing, Part I
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” – Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
Do you know the power of the words you sing? And do you know the physical and spiritual benefits of singing the words of God? Singing must be an important gift from God to us because it appears in the (King James version of the) Bible almost 200 times! That means that our words – even in song – are for God’s purposes: to build us up and to build up others, to heal and strengthen us, to strengthen our children, to raise a nation.
And we don’t have to be in a choir in order sing God’s words, or for our singing to have an effect. When others hear the songs we sing, it can have uplifting influence, or it can be to them a sign of God’s righteousness. Its effects should not be taken lightly, because music has the power to influence the nations of the world. First and foremost, the words we sing have an effect on us first, and they can connect us to the miracles of God.
In Part I of our list, we share 17 scriptures which proclaim the wonders of singing the words of God:
AS GOD’S GIFTED
1 Chronicles 9:33 – These are the singers, heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites, who lodged in the chambers, and were free from other duties; for they were employed in that work day and night.
2 Chronicles 5:13 – indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud,
TO UPHOLD A NATION
2 Chronicles 29:30 – Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped.
Psalm 9:11 – Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.
Psalm 57:9 – I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.
Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 27:6 – And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Psalm 59:16 – But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psalm 61:8 – So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.
TO RESTORE HEALTH
James 5:13 – [ Meeting Specific Needs ] Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
Isaiah 49:13 – Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted.
FOR GOD’S MIRACLES
2 Chronicles 20:22 – Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
Psalm 126:2 – Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
Isaiah 35:6 – Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.
Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Psalm 9:2 – I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.
WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT MUSIC AND SINGING? Read “AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC MONTH: Scripture Proclaims the Benefits of Music” HERE, “Scripture Proclaims the Benefits of Singing, Part II” HERE, and “PERFECT HARMONY: The Power of Music and Why We Sing” HERE, .on westa.org.