One thing is very obvious – the Bible talks a lot about singing. There are over 400 references to singing and 50 specific commands to sing in the Bible. Here is a small sampling:
- When God created the earth, the angels “sang together, and…shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).
- When God saved his people Israel from the Egyptian army they responded in praise (Exodus 15:1-21).
- The Psalms, or literally, “the praises” is a collection of 150 songs of praise and worship to God.
- David assigns Levite musicians to sing God’s praises day and night at the Temple as part of Temple worship (1 Ch. 9:33; 15:19-22).
- Jesus sang with his disciples at the conclusion of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:30).
- Paul and Silas sang hymns to God in prison (Acts 16:25).
- The Bible repeatedly exhorts us to be heartily involved in singing praises to our God and to teach and admonish one another by singing together to God (Colossians 3:16).
- God himself will exult over his redeemed people with loud singing in the New Heavens and Earth (Zeph. 3:17).
- Even now the four living creatures “day and night they never cease to say ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come” (Revelation 4:8).
- When the Lamb takes the scroll the living creatures, twenty-four elders and myriads of myriads of angels burst forth into breathtaking praise and adoration (Revelation 5)
Thus from the beginning of creation into eternity there has been and forever will be singing to the praise and glory of God’s name. Heaven is a place overflowing in joy and praise. Why? Because it is filled with those who delight in God and you cannot help but praise what you enjoy and delight in. A heart that has been gripped by God’s grace and love cannot help but sing and boast in God. So let me ask you, if you don’t delight in God now or express praise to God now or enjoy God now or praising God is a drag to you and the thought of worshipping God forever and ever sounds terrifyingly boring – I wonder why you want to go to heaven?
In fact, let be more plain. If you don’t delight in God now or express praise to God now or enjoy God now or find praising God to be a drag and the thought of worshipping God forever and ever terrifyingly dull – you will not be in heaven. If God is not the supreme desire of your heart he will not admit you entrance for you are not fit for heaven. If praising God is dull to you, then you have not yet come to see the great work that Jesus Christ accomplished through the cross and the resurrection. You have not yet recognized your great sinfulness and God’s great love and grace in providing a Savior. Your heart has not yet been set free from the tyranny of sin and self and instead of boasting in God’s great name you scorn it.
The greatest joy is knowing God and the second greatest is making him known and what better way to do that than to sing? As Augustine said a Christian should be, “a top-to-toe hallelujah, a body-and-soul hallelujah, a muscle-and-mind hallelujah.”The Christian is a person who sings and that with all his heart, soul, mind and strength because God is worthy, beautiful and precious.
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!” – Psalm 103:3