Singing Takes Sunday’s Truths Into Monday
The songs we sing on Sunday provide the soundtrack for our week. Singing files away the messages the lyrics convey in our minds and hearts. If we don’t sing about a particular truth, it’s very likely we’ll pray about it less and live with little thought of it. Christ-filled songs can help motivate us into a day when we would rather stay in bed than get up and face that chore or meeting or project. They support us when we lack courage and need to bolster our faith. They help us remember Scripture. They keep uprooting the weeds of worry and fear that tangle our feet and trip us up. They help us when we don’t know how to explain the gospel to a friend, but recalling a lyric gives us the words. They comfort us when we are hit with something unexpected or tragic.
Every day we wake to the sound of two voices—the one of Wisdom and the one of folly; the voice of the Lord and the voice of this fallen world. The gospel that seemed so clear and true on Sunday morning can so easily be chipped away at, twisted a little, and devalued by the messages we hear through the week. Singing deep songs of the Lord keeps the right voice loudest in our ears.
We need to sing over and over again of how we were once under the wrath of God, condemned to die, without even a hint of hope. We need to sing of how hope came from above, in human form, as the Son of God entered the world to provide a way for the salvation of all mankind. We need to sing of how …
He made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:7–11)
Friends, if our singing is not impacting how we process life—if it is not strengthening us, training us, encouraging us, and comforting us, then we have not unwrapped the gift that singing is to us. We’ve been playing with the wrappings. Most of us sing at times in our week, or hum a tune that reminds us of its lyrics. Be singing what you sang on Sunday. Be singing the gospel.