The Importance of singing Hymns

By Sam

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

with music.

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

Lord.

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

noises.

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

lands:

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.

Amos 5:23

Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy

viols.

Eph 5:19

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.

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