Why Don’t Men Sing in the Church?

In my previous post I noted that a heart that has been gripped by God’s grace and love cannot help but sing and boast and glory in God. As I was reflecting on that some more I remembered a sermon by Alistair Begg which he begins by noting that American men don’t sing and that he thinks you can really tell when an American man has been converted when he begins to sing in church. Watch it below. If it doesn’t start at the right point you will need to skip ahead to the 5 minute mark.

It seems Martin Luther would agree:

God has made our hearts and spirits happy through His… Son, whom He
has delivered up that we might be redeemed from sin, death, and the devil.
He who believes this sincerely and earnestly cannot help but be happy;
he must cheerfully sing and talk about this, that others might hear it and
come to Christ. If any would not sing and talk of what Christ has wrought
for us, he shows thereby that he does not really believe and that he belongs
not [to the realm of ] New Testament [religion].

Along with Isaac Watt’s who wrote in the hymn, “We’re Marching to Zion:”

Come, we that love the Lord

And let our joys be known

Join in a song with sweet accord

And thus surround the throne

Let those refuse to sing

Who never knew our God

But favorites of the heavenly King

May speak their joys abroad.

People who are happy in God sing praises to God.

Worship with All Five Senses

This post over at Ligonier Ministries is thought provoking. Here is an excerpt from it:

  • Old Testament worship involved all five senses. The element of touch is missing in most Protestant worship. Charismatic groups emphasize the laying on of hands, which meets a strong human need for a holy touch. Early Christian worship involved the placing of the pastor’s hands on each person with the pronouncement of the benediction. When congregations got too large for such personal attention, the act gave way to the symbolic gesture of the benediction spoken by the pastor with outstretched arms. This was a simulation of the laying on of hands, but the actual touch was lost.
  • Old Testament worship included taste and smell. The fragrance of burning incense gave a peculiar sense of a special aroma associated with the sweetness of God. One of the first gifts laid at the foot of the manger of Jesus was that of frankincense. Most Protestants reject incense without giving any substantive reason for its rejection.
  • Taste was central to the Old Testament feasts as well as the New Testament celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The injunction to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8) is rooted in the worship experience. The people of God “tasted the heavenly gift” (Heb. 6:4).

Click on over to the blog and read the rest!