The Importance of singing Hymns
The church has always emphasize the importance of singing hymns in to the church
members, young and old alike. We have heard a lot about it from the ministers as well as
the hymnal leaders and choirmaster, but why, why do we sing hymns in church? Why do
we form choirs? Why do we teach the small children hymns during REU? Why do we
have hymnal sessions teaching hymns to the church members every Saturdays?
There are some would say that singing hymns would provide the church members an
opportunity to become actively involved. Others might wonder that it is an activity that
clears away social and community differences and creates a sense of unity and harmony.
Both of these statements hold true to some extent, but the importance of hymns singing
are much more than that.
Let us learn what Apostle Paul had to say: – Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Here Apostle Paul mentioned a few things: –
Teaching and admonishing reprove the word of Christ with one another richly in
wisdom through psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
Singing them gracefully in our hearts to the Lord.
Hymns’ singing is for teaching and admonish. When we look at our hymn book, we
would see each and every hymn is related to at least one verse in the Bible, i.e. every
hymn is related to the words of Christ. As we know, Bible teaches us how to be good
stewards to our Master, our Lord Jesus Christ and also acts as a mirror, some sort of
measurement of our faith and our actions. Hence, when we sing hymns, we are actually
constantly reminding ourselves of God’s teachings and to know whether we have been
walking on the correct path that God wants us to tread. Just like a sermon accompanying
It is found that humans can only absorbed 20% of what they hear from sermons. By
comparing with a combination of the words and melody, hymns’ singing is a stronger
edifying tool. Hymns are repeated frequently, which is an important factor of
memorization, adding together the music and rhymed verses, making the hymns much
more digestible and stick to the mind longer.
Hymns’ singing is an act of Thanksgiving to God. The book of Psalms filled with
thanksgiving. See: – Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will
magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 75:1 To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. Unto thee, O
God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy
wondrous works declare.
Psalm 92:1 A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto
the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.
What is a hymn?
It is singing the praises and glorifying God. If you praise God and glorify Him and do
not sing, you utter no hymn. If you praise and glorify anything which does not pertain to
the praise and the glory of God — though in singing you praise and glorify, you utter no
hymn. A hymn contains these three things: song, praises and glory to our God.
Hence, praising and glorifying God in a song is called a hymn.
Hymns’ singing is a representative of how your heart feels: –
happiness, sorrow, thankfulness, spiritual battle, etc.
Refer back to Col 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the
We are encouraged to sing with our hearts, not just our mouths and voice. God does not
take into the importance of whether we’ve beautiful voice or sing in-tune to the music.
What’s more important to Him is how we sing hymns, is it from our hearts? Even though
we have beautiful voice and sing great but if the heart is not in it, we are only making
We should sing as audible as we can. Psalm 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play
skillfully with a loud noise.
Psalm 66:1 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye
In Psalm 33:3, noise here means audible and in Psalm 66:1 it means hymn
What’s the difference between the noise mentioned in Psalm 33:3 and Amos 5:23? Sing
with our hearts to please God.
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord;
Hallelujah! God do listen to our hymns singing!
Let us follow what Apostle Paul had taught us in Colossian 3:16 and never underestimate
the importance of hymns singing i.e. For teaching & admonishing and thanksgiving to
God, and never forgets… God hears our hymns singing from our hearts.