“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation (praise him); my father’s God, and I will exalt him.”Exodus 15:1-2
When I attended Christian school, we were required to take choir in junior high and I hated every minute of it. There are some who would say “hate” is a strong word, but at the time, I felt that word was not strong enough. I missed the old days of elementary choir in which we sang Skip To My Lou and other songs that were fun and engaging. Our junior high choir was not fun, and we learned useless things (at least useless to me) such as quarter notes and half rests. I know that might sound sacrilegious to some music lovers, but I did not want to use any of my brain capacity to learn that stuff.
My teacher loved music and did everything she could think of to make choir fun. Despite all her efforts, I still felt it was about as fun as digging a trench on a hot summer day. To make things worse, we had to wear matching outfits, and we looked like the Glee Club minus the talent. Our teacher thought it was important for our choir to have a name, so we were called “The Magnifiers.” In my opinion, the name was lame and I did not give much thought to what the name really meant. I would often say out loud in class, “singing is for the birds”, and my teacher cringed every time I said it. My wife loved choir, but there were several us in the class who felt the same way as I did.
I wish I could say that I grew to love that class, but I never quite took to it, although my teacher made futile attempts to relate to me. Looking back, choir was not all that bad, but my attitude about it was not what it should have been.
I looked at choir like a drudgery instead of treating it as an opportunity to praise my God. I did not have a proper view of it because my heart was not right with Him and my priorities were not aligned with His. When you stop and take the time to think of all God has done in your life, you cannot help but sing of His goodness and praise His name. I have never been much of a singer, but there are times when I am compelled to sing praises to my God. I am not sure how my voice sounds to Him, but I know we are to praise Him in all things and at all times. The Israelites could not help but praise God for His deliverance from the Egyptians and the mighty things that they had witnessed firsthand. They had a song that needed to be sung and I am sure God was pleased with their singing.
Where are you today friend? Are you like me and think singing is for the birds? When was the last time you sang praise to God from your heart? Is the Lord your strength and song? May we be as quick to thank God as we are to complain to Him. May we have a song in our heart and His praise on our lips. Psalm 30:4 states, “Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness (holy name).” To God be the glory!