B Joyful (2 of 3) by Jeff Strite

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B Joyful (2 of 3)
Series: Plan B
Jeff Strite
Ephesians 5:19

OPEN: I read the true story about a woman who bought her daughter a really nice Baby Grand Piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, one of her friends asked her how her daughter was doing.
"Oh," she said, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."
"How come?" asked the friend.
"Well," - she paused - "with a clarinet, she can't sing."

APPLY: Now, I know that when it comes to the issue of singing in worship there are usually two kinds of people.
1. There are people who just love to sing and they'll sing all day long in worship,
2. And then there are others who'd just rather you gave them a clarinet.

When we get to Scripture, we find that God commands His people to sing and make music.

Here in Ephesians 5 we find that one of the ways we prepare our heart for the Spirit of God is: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord" Ephesians 5:19

God has always wanted His people to sing. Ps 32:11 declares:
"Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; SING, all you who are upright in heart!"

Psalm 105:1-4 proclaims:
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. SING to him, SING praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."

And Psalm 149:1-5 commands us:
"Praise the LORD. SING to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and MAKE MUSIC to him with tambourine and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and SING for joy on their beds.

So God wants His people to sing. But why? Why should we sing?
Well just from those th ...

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