Draw Near to God: Day 13


Day 13: Joining the singing

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion,

we were like men who dreamed.

Our mouths were filled with laughter,

our tongues with songs of joy.

Psalm 126:1-2

Singing can touch us deeply.  When we sing hymns together we join our hearts with each other and something bigger.  Music touches us somewhere beyond logic and our hearts open to God and to each other. 

Why do Christians sing when they are together?  The reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because they can unite in the Word. . . The fact that we do not speak it but sing it only expressed the fact that our spoken words are inadequate to express what we want to say, that the burden of our song goes far beyond all human words. . .

God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song.  It is the song that the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” at the creation of the world. (Job 38:7). It is the victory song of the children of Israel after passing through the Red Sea, the Magnificat of Mary after the annunciation, the song of Paul and Silas in the night of prison, the song of the singers on the sea of glass after their rescue, the “song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Rev. 15:3)  It is the song of the heavenly fellowship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Music can draw us closer to the heart of God. Do you agree? What song or musical piece touches you? 


Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

3 Comments on Draw Near to God: Day 13

  1. sustainabilitea
    September 13, 2013 at 8:01 am (7 years ago)

    I sing with the praise team at our church and it’s one of my biggest joys. I love the traditional music as well, but love this season of my life as well. I find the songs going through my head throughout the day (sometimes to annoying amount) but what a way to praise the Lord!

    Blessings on your day,


  2. whisperingleavesblog
    September 13, 2013 at 9:57 am (7 years ago)

    All music touches me. But if I could choose 2 pieces I sing to myself during the day, I is “in Christ Alone” the other, “I The Lord of Sky and Sea”

  3. bennetta faire
    September 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm (7 years ago)

    The Psalms verse is one of my faves–I remember how it seemed I was surely dreaming, when God showed up in Mar 2011 and turned my life right side up! God bless you, Sisters.


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