Professional singer, Claire Bowditch recently said:
“Everyone can sing. Sorry – it’s the truth. If you can talk, you can sing. I’ve spent the last decade of my working career proving this to my audiences: whether it’s in the Opera House, or the community hall, when we stand together in a group, we can sing. And when we sing, REALLY sing, we feel most ourselves.”
When you grow up in church you tend to sing every week. It doesn’t matter if you are good or not, every one is encouraged to sing along to hymns or praise songs during the worship service.
Those who sing well are usually promoted to worship leader or backing vocalist. And those who can’t sing so well blend in with the congregation or mouth the words if they’re really self-conscious.
I’ve been known to comment on my husband’s “ability” to sing. I jokingly say that he just picks one note and sings the whole song with that one note. The joke is that if he sticks with that one note he’ll at least get a few notes correct throughout the entire song!
But there is something special about singing, whether you’re good at it or not. It can connect you to a deeper emotional level than normal conversation. It can be beautiful and poetic but also dark and brooding.
While the singing in a worship service is not the only important element I think it can help us connect with God in a truly special way. God doesn’t need to hear that we are pitch perfect. He’s too busy focusing on what our hearts are saying.
Lord, may all the sounds that come from my mouth be pleasing to You. Amen.
What joyful noise have you made recently?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.