“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 91:1).
Why do Christians sing praises?
Why do we sing hymns or praise songs at church?
Is it to get us in the right mood to worship and listen to God’s word?
For new Christians and new people exploring the faith, the singing bit is one of the most awkward things about worship. In no other contexts do people collectively just bust out in song. Well, actually people do that in concerts when their favorite song is played. But that’s for a different day.
For this day I want us to explore the reason why we sing praises to God in worship.
First, it is because God is worthy. If there is anyone in the universe that is worthy of our worship and praise it is God. God wouldn’t have to do anything and God is worthy of praise. You know why? Because he is God!
But, not only is he worthy of praise because he is God, but our God is worthy of our praise because he is such an awesome, gracious, loving, forgiving, kind God. He doesn’t have to be. He could be anything he wants and he is still God, and as God is worthy of praise. But he is our God and our God is awesome!
Our God is absolutely worthy of praise.
Second reason why the church sings praise songs is because it is a form of spiritual warfare. Satan hates it when we praise God. Satan hates it when God’s people sing praise to God because we are most fully who we were created to be when we worship God. Satan hates that.
So, you know what we do every time we gather to worship? We praise God.
Yup. The psalmist had it right. “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High.”