Singing is a part of worship
9 “And they sang a new song…”
In our men’s Bible study this last Thursday morning we were studying in Amos and the comment was made “in the context of regarding false worship,” that someone came into a morning worship service of a church late and heard the congregation singing and made the comment, “Good, they are still singing, we haven’t missed anything yet.” From this comment it seems as if the singing part of the service really isn’t important or even a part of worship at all and evidently had no meaning for the couple.
What do you think about that?
Is the singing part of the worship of God?
Or, is it just the preaching part of the service which is the real worship of God?
What does the Bible mean when it says “And they sang a new song?” What is a “new song?” What is an “old song?” Once in a while Kiley or Steve or Nancy will have the congregation sing a “new” song that we have never sung, is that what they are talking about? Could it be the “new song” is not a song we sing here on earth but the song of the redeemed once we get to heaven and celebrate the holiness and righteousness of the great God who has redeemed us through the blood of Jesus Christ?
The new song is about not what God will do for us here on earth or a song about looking forward to what is done in heaven or experienced there or received there, but the actual worship, in person, of the One who made our salvation possible, celebrating who and how and His sacrifice that was made.
Notice in the earlier part of this chapter, and even in chapter 4, we see worship of the Lord God and the Lamb of God of those in heaven around the throne who bow before God and we hear recitations about who God is and His worthiness. Plus, the worship has to do with recognizing the only One worthy who can open the scroll, the Lamb, and all those around the throne bowing unto Him in reverence and worship. After that, then singing to the One who is worthy, who was slain, who has received power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor and praise. Singing is not only from the 24 elders, and the four living creatures, but the myriad of angels and then, all living beings in heaven and on the earth, under the earth and on the sea. Singing a new song must be an unbelievable worship experience! So, when you sing in a worship service, it should be an integral part of your worship. If you say, “I don’t sing” and I see a few who choose not to, you will be singing in heaven, so you might as well begin practicing here while you wait to go.