Why do We Sing in our Worship Service?

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 3, 2017 9:39 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I started the New Year by worshiping, fellowshipping, and preaching at Taft Avenue Community Church in Orange, California.  At one point in the service, Pastor Bob Burris read aloud a short explanation of why Christians sing during times of worship.  I appreciated what he read and want to share it with you today.  The reading was adapted from a blog post by Kevin DeYoung, cut down to a length that could be used in a worship service.  Why do we sing when we worship together?

“We sing in our worship service because it is the biblical pattern for God’s people:  He saves, we sing.  There are songs by Moses, Miriam, Deborah, Barak, David, and Hannah—he rescued them all.  There are professional singers for the Temple worship—He saves his people, they sing.  In the New Testament there are hymns to Christ in John’s Gospel, Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Hebrews.  There are doxologies scattered throughout the Bible and songs in Revelation 1, 4, 5, 7, 11, 14, and 15.  The Psalms, all 150 of them, are one long prayer/singing catechism/guide.  The church sings psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to each other, as the Spirit and the Word of Christ fills them, Ephesians 5:18-21; Colossian 3:16.  The drama of redemptive history is actually a musical.  How can the actors not sing?”

Excerpted from “Saved People Love to Sing” by Kevin DeYoung.  To read the whole post, click HERE.


  • Tim Jan. 5, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    There are two very important words that Paul gives to describe HOW believers are to sing. They are largely ignored when believers gather to sing. "One another".
    "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts"
    Col. 3:16.
    "Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, Eph. 5:19,20.

    We all know for since going back to the beginning of the reformation believers have mostly been told what to sing from a platform. No one has questioned why believers are considered unqualified or inept to drive the singing when they gather. One another singing is a very mutual and intimate approach to singing that goes far beyond just singing. It includes what we sing and why we sing, and what we learned from the singing in interactive, responsive orientation.

    Why does this matter? The spiritual identity of believers is that they are all priests, worship leaders. We are designed to worship all week. That means when we gather we are overflowing with worship. The current setup has believers gathering assumed to be drained, dry, stressed, needing a fill up from a platform driven "service". There are 58 one another instructions in the NT and none of them are practiced in the "worship service". This is an identity shift placed on believers. That is not good. This can be fixed if we can "stir up one another" and "encourage one another" about this right here. I am hoping the current traditions are not more important than increasing our obedience to God's word, "and all the more as we see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:24,25 We can pull a paradigm shift and break out of our crowd oriented spectating routines.

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