“My soul clings to thee” ~Psalm 63:8
I am reading a book for school right now and one of the lines really stuck with me when I read it. It said, “Whereas the rest of the Bible is often appropriately described as God’s Word to us, the Psalms are really written to God,” (Cartwright 25). I am the lead vocalist at the church I attend. That is not meant to impress, there are about 25 people max at each service, and the whole congregation gets to help out with the music whether they want to or not because everyone knows if you are not singing. Nevertheless, this position allows me to help our pastor out in a unique manner. While he is the unquestionable leader of the service, I can help him set the tone by which songs we sing during the service, and how much emotion I pour into each song. This is an essential part of the service, as no one wants to feel worse after leaving a Sunday service than they felt when they walked in!
It is much, much easier to carry out God’s plan when we do it with singing and dancing in our lives. What a dull place this earth would be if there was no music, no beat to tap our foot to, no sun to twirl the earth around, no moon to do si do with the tides. God made this world with a Word, with a song. He knit creation together with the sound of His voice; the first song ever sung produced the heavens and the earth. Think of how much joy it brings Jesus to hear us creating music that sings His praise, because when we do this we are acting as the creatures He made in His image and likeness. If God gave us each a heart that keeps a beat so faithfully, why should we not dance through life to the tune of God’s creation that envelopes us in His song? What else is there to do than to sing along with Him?
John Cartwright and Chris Hulshof, Everyday Bible Study: Growing in the Christian Faith, ed. Gabriel Etzel and Ben Gutierrez, 2nd edition., Everyday Bible Series (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2019).