Remember. Respond. Reflect.
Joseph Morrow - March 07, 2017
One of the songs we will sing this Sunday is "Behold Our God." This is what worship is all about. We turn our attention to Christ and behold Him. Though our desire is to ever behold Him, it never fails that we fail. But aren't you all the more grateful to know that our God never fails? That's why we sing songs like this: to remember Him. Bob Kauflin says that singing helps us to worship by providing what he calls, "the three R's."
1. Singing helps us Remember God's Word
2. Singing helps us Respond to God's grace
3. Singing helps us Reflect God's glory
- Bob Kauflin
We sing songs to remind us of the gospel that is our hope. The best way to be reminded of the Word is by the Word of God. So... we sing the Word.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. -Colossians 3.16
Let the Word of Christ dwell richly in you. In singing the Word we teach & remember the Word.
Remembering the hope we have in Christ, we Respond to that hope! The Word we just read incites us to sing with thankfulness! Worship! A believer's response to the gospel is singing with thankfulness, worshiping our God who is supremely worthy.
Here is what Kauflin says about Reflecting:
Doing “everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,” implies bringing God glory. Worshiping God together in song glorifies God for at least three reasons. First, it expresses the unity Christ died to bring us. Second, because all three persons of the Trinity sing.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. -Zephaniah 3.17
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” -Hebrews 2.11-12
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, -Ephesians 5.18-19
Finally, it anticipates the song of heaven when we’ll have unlimited time to sing, clearer minds to perceive God’s perfections, and glorified bodies that don’t grow weary.
Worshiping God in song isn’t simply a nice idea or only for musically gifted people. The question is not, “Has God given me a voice?” but “Has God given me a song?” If you trust in the finished work of Christ, the answer is clear: Yes! So remember His Word, respond to His grace, and reflect on His glory.
- Bob Kauflin
Ready to worship with you,