We have a Reason to Sing! And it might not be the reasons that first come to mind. Consider a guy named Paul. When he and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison by an angry mob, the most unexpected thing happened. Though bruised and beaten and shackled to a wall, it was near midnight when “Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God,” while the other prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25). Were they singing on key? We really don’t know, but suddenly, “there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken and at once all the prison doors flew open” (Acts 16:26).
The worship that was happening inside the prison that night leads us to the next word in our series on the BIG words for worship. Our word for this edition is the Hebrew word, “tehillah.” The word is found 57 times in the Old Testament and describes a spontaneous song of praise that comes from a heart that is close to God. It is the very word used to title the book we call “Psalms,” in the Old Testament and can be found in special passages like Psalm 22:3 (God is moved by our singing) and Psalm 40:1-3 (God is the one who puts this new song in our hearts and mouths).
Think about a time when you could not help but burst into out-loud singing. This is greater than a song that gets stuck in your head. If you ask, God will give you this new song that will keep you singing even when the circumstances around you don’t call for singing. And here is the beautiful thing: You don’t have to be a talented singer by normal standards. If your singing comes from a sincere heart, it will always be a joyful “noise” to the Lord. Let’s make this “noise” together to praise Jesus on Sunday! -Jason