10 Bible Verses About Singing
Some people are really great singers and even if we aren’t—that doesn’t keep us from belting out a song of joy when we are in love or filled with the Spirit of God. The Lord provided us songs to express our feelings whether of sadness or pain. Check out 10 Bible verses about singing to encourage your soul:
#1) Sing of freedom.
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land” (Psalm 68:6).
Many of us know what it’s like to be bound by Satan, the world, or the desires of our flesh. Being imprisoned by the deceit of the devil can take away our song. Yet because of our newfound freedom in Christ, we find great joy in singing with all our hearts to the Lord.
#2) Sing of God’s love.
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations” (Psalm 89:1).
We are saved because of God’s great love for us even when we were most unlovable. His unconditional love gives us a reason to sing of His goodness and grace on our lives. God expressed His love through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for every person on this earth.
#3) Sing of what God has done.
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts” (Psalm 105:2).
God has done and will continue to do great things in the lives of those who love Him. Our immediate response to Him is lifting up grateful hands and singing a song of praise. Singing allows us the opportunity to speak out about what He has done: broken chains of darkness, forgiven sin, and restored strength to those who are weak.
#4) Sing for joy.
“May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy” (Psalm 132:9).
Singing is a great expression of joy for the Lord and His wonderful works for us. Joy from the Lord can’t be restrained when we know and sense His presence in our lives. The world can only offer temporary happiness, but the joy of God lasts now through eternity.
#5) Sing for your whole life.
“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33).
The beauty of knowing Christ is that the song of deliverance can last our entire lives. We can never outgrow the wonder of God or His miraculous hand over our lives. Even in our last breathing hours on this earth, we can sing about the hope of heaven before we even arrive.
#6) Sing a new song.
“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them” (Isaiah 42:10).
There are new songs to sing to the Lord every day because He is always doing new things in our lives to show His power and presence. We can look to Him to refresh our spirits when we are low with a new song of joy and peace. Our part of this newness is to be aware, humble, and open to what the Lord is doing in our lives.
#7) Sing in times of trouble.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25).
Singing in the darkest moments of our lives seems strange. However, it’s what God’s people should do when we are struggling in literal or emotional prisons. We sing our way free from the bondages of fear and anxiety—in doing so, our faith is strengthened to press forward another day.
#8) Sing with gratitude.
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
We have a reason to sing with gratitude to the Lord every time we wake up to a new day filled with grace and mercy. Many times we forget to express our gratefulness in the busyness of our lives. However we can sing songs of thankfulness for God’s goodness to us individually and corporately as a church.
#9) Sing with understanding.
“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15).
When we sing to the Lord, it’s more than a beat or rhythm that makes it real. The words we sing must resonate with our understanding of who God is and what He means in our lives. Singing with understanding gives us the connection in our minds and hearts with the beauty of knowing God.
#10) Sing from the heart.
“Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).
There are many people associated with the knowledge of God in their minds, but they don’t know Him in their hearts. So it is with singing to the Lord. In order for us to really connect and know the Lord in song, we must know Him in our hearts. That is, knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and living out His commands.
Sing your Song!
Singing rises out of the essence of our souls. We don’t have to be trained singers or gifted in singing to raise our voices and hearts to Him in praise. Our thankfulness in the song will lift His name in the presence of saints and sinners. We never know how God will use our singing of personal testimonies to bring someone to Jesus.
Article by Crystal McDowell
Crystal McDowell is a writer, speaker, and teacher with a passion to encourage believers to know and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through practical application of God’s word.
Crystal and her husband, Marshall, raise their five children in the Bloomington, IL. As a freelance writer and editor for over 13 years, Crystal has published numerous Christian curriculums for Sunday School and VBS as well as many articles dealing with marriage, motherhood, and relationships. She’s a weekly staff writer for www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com as well as writing her own blog at http://crystalmcdowellspeaks.blogspot.com.