Singing of God’s Grace
Why do we sing to God? Pastor Eugene shares the gospel truths to prepare our hearts as we gather to sing praises to God this weekend.
God’s people are a singing people. It is no coincidence that the longest book in the Bible—the Psalms—is a collection of songs. All throughout Scripture, those who know God are marked by a spirit of worship that overflows in song. Singing is one of the distinctive activities of God’s gathered people. For example, after God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt, Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exod. 15:1b-2)
Singing is often a response to God’s saving grace. We sing to God, our glorious Redeemer, whose priceless blood has ransomed us from sin and judgment. Just as the exodus from Egypt foreshadows a greater redemption, so Moses’ song also anticipates a far grander chorus that will resound from around the very throne of God. Revelation 5:9-10 says: “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
So we sing, because God is supremely praiseworthy and deserving of our complete adoration and devotion. We sing, because God has saved us by His grace and has given us new hearts to adore Him. By sending His beloved Son to save us, God has put joy into our hearts and a new song on our lips. Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain for us. Because of what Christ has done, we shall always have a reason to praise God. We can sing in good times as well as bad, since we have a steadfast hope in our Saviour that can never be shaken.
May the truths of the gospel grip our hearts afresh, as we gather for the Grace That Sings concert this Saturday! Pray that the singing might flow out of hearts transformed by the saving power of God. Pray for Christ’s word to dwell richly in us, as we sing of God’s grace to one another. Pray also for the guests among us, that God would plant His life-giving truth in their hearts. And don’t worry if you have not gotten your tickets for the concert; more tickets are still available. You can pick them up at the doors on the day of the concert.
This Sunday, let’s continue to sing the praises of God as we hear about His amazing love from 1 John 4:7-12. “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (v. 10) Surely, this is reason enough for us to worship God!
We also have the joy of celebrating a number of baptisms. Samantha How, Jonny Kho, Cheryl Lim, Melanie Seet and Cherie Sim have believed in Jesus and will be obeying Christ in baptism. Let’s thank God for His grace in their lives, and also pray for their continued discipleship and growth in Christ.