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.