A Theology of Song
At RADIUS, we thrive on stories. They paint us a picture of the past, prepare us for the future, and illuminate God’s movement in our lives. Through songs, we are able to reflect on the Creator and rejoice in His matchless attributes and timeless provision.
From the Psalms to Isaiah, all the way to the book of Revelation, we see God’s Word full of desire for song. In Psalm 98, we read, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing.” In the New Testament, Paul instructs the church in Ephesus to “sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.” Through song and the making of music, the Church is to glorify God and give thanks. In our efforts to love Him, we should embrace the gift of song and flood His ears with praise and thanksgiving.
As we seek to be image bearers of God, we should know the ways in which He loves us. In Zephaniah 3:17, we see the prophet write, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves you. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” In His infinite love for His people, He rejoices and sings over them. God, the Creator and Author of all things, who has no beginning and no end, the King who crushes kingdoms (Daniel 2:44) and the Lamb who is the Lion of Judah, chooses to sing over His people.
If we are to be the image of Christ in our spheres of influence, should we not find absolute joy in singing praises to an Almighty Father, who He Himself chooses to sing over us? Through blessings that flow too numerous to fathom, we have language, music, and the ability to combine the two in harmony to be a blessing to God. As we worship Him, remember that He delights over His people with singing. He is incredibly jealous for you (Ex. 34:14). Let not the pride that belittles humble obedience detract us from telling stories of the Creator through song and music.
“In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.” – Revelation 5:12