We sing what we believe, We believe what we sing.
“Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.” Mark 4:24
From a functional perspective singing as worship serves two important functions in the life of the believer. Through singing we affirm what believe about God and His relationship to us. It also serves to inform our spirits and our minds about the nature of God and what His Word has to say concerning us as His covenant people.
People will often say they don’t like this or that song based solely on their unfamiliarity with it, not withstanding the message of the song that is valued food for their spirit and their mind. When we sing with our own voices we hear and listen differently in that what we hear from our own voices carries more significance and meaning for us. The more we hear ourselves singing about anything, the more that message becomes familiar to us and the more it takes hold in our hearts.
What we are hearing moment by moment, every day is having an effect on our conscious and subconscious thought. Some thoughts will dominate other thoughts. This is because of our God given ability to reason and make choices. From early childhood we must learn how to successfully use this gift. Left to our own devices we will always choose what we think pleases us in the moment, and resist what makes us momentarily uncomfortable or challenges us or demands work from us, not what is best for us in the long run.
This has often proven detrimental and destructive to our good health, physically and mentally. But, when we learn to reason based on a knowledge of the Word of God we are better equipped to make good choices and live the life that Jesus came to bring—life and that more abundantly.
At the core of it is what we are hearing. So singing in worship is first and foremost to honor and glorify God as worthy of our praise and adoration, but it is also a means by which we learn what to believe. The more we hear the truth of God’s Word the more we will become familiar with it and the more readily it will take up root in our hearts, so that in the critical moment when we need to call on our faith in order to speak life into any situation, especially our own, we will have in store an abundance from which we can declare God’s Word and see the working of His will in our lives and the lives of those we love.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17