Singing Is for You (and others)

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Andy Honeycutt in Article from The Messenger

Just for fun, I recently looked for “old funny country songs” on Google. See if you recognize any of these…and if you would admit it:

“Bubba Shot the Jukebox”
“I Got Friends in Low Places”
“She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”
“Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)”
“She Never Cried When Old Yeller Died”

Sharon and I needed a good laugh so I started playing them. It wasn’t long before I realized how catchy the choruses were…and how BAD the advice was! There was no talk of reconciliation. Nothing about healthy relationships. Barely any mention of God, at least not the God of the Bible. According to these songs, you handle conflict and sadness with angry words and/or drowning your sorrows – or shooting a jukebox!

I grant that these are funny, cranky country songs and there is more than a little bit of tongue-in-cheek going on. But what was dangerous is how the music and lyrics started to stick in my mind!

And that’s how music is dangerous. The songs we sing, or even just hear, have a way of teaching us right and wrong. And they hang around in our heads to reteach us every time we hum the tune or sing the chorus.

One of the sneakiest tools Satan uses is to get us to stop singing, at least stop singing to or about God. The ministry of the choir is a powerful way to make good theology stick in your head. And you get to help others do the same! Listen to some of the choir members talk about how choir helps them:

“Choir helps me to get through struggles or remember God’s promises.”
–Stacey Carroll, alto

“Choir helps me to let go of the burdens I carried during the previous week as it directs my attention to the majesty of God and the wonders of His grace.”
–Sami Miller, soprano

“Choir helps me to praise the Lord with free expression.”
–Ali Perdue, soprano

“Choir helps me to learn Scripture. In times of crisis I can remember words of comfort and encouragement directly from the Bible that I ordinarily would not be able to remember.”
–Kathryn Moore, soprano

“Choir helps me to serve the church in worship, which is one of its most important things to do.”
–Greg Hensley, tenor

“There is always a hug and a smile waiting for me in the choir loft. Choir helps me to focus on the person of Christ so I can worship honestly and fully.”
–Jess Nicholson, alto

“Choir helps me to connect with folks from all walks of life. It is an echo of the fellowship of Eden and a reminder of the coming kingdom.”
–Josh Sowards, bass

“Choir helps me to focus my heart and thoughts on worshiping my Savior.”
–Dave Amos, tenor

“Choir practices help me to better understand the lyrics and the message. Somehow that gives me a closeness as well as an even better understanding of The One we worship.”
–Tim Klaiber, bass

What a blessing! Did you know that YOUR singing is a blessing to YOU and to others? It is a powerful tool that helps you to “set your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) Come and join this group of singing soldiers!

--Andy