Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Psalm 103:2 (King James Version)
Have you ever wondered why church services begin with singing songs about how great God is? I would think that the preacher’s sermon on the Bible would be the only thing that should be presented in church, since it is the reason why we go to church. Why is it so important that we sing songs?
In order to answer this question, it is important to understand the purpose of the church of God. It was formed with three reasons in mind. The first is to draw those who are spiritually sick and empty, so that they could be made whole by the love of God which they will see in God’s people. Secondly, the church was made to be a place where the community of believers can get together and have fellowship; building each other up through prayer and Bible Study. Finally, and the indeed the most important, this holy house is also a place where we can have fellowship with the Lord.
This relationship with God comes in two forms. It comes in our meditation of God’s Word as we listen to the message given by the preacher. Our fellowship with the Almighty is also evident when we worship the Lord. In the church, that is in the form of singing worship songs.
Why is worship so important? Psalm 103:2 gives us the answer. When we praise the Lord, we acknowledge the good things that He has done in our lives. Indeed, He has done nothing but good for us. Think about all the things that we have; the food we eat, the water we drink, even our very existence is the result of God’s blessing upon us.
What would happen if we were not consistent with our worship to God? We human beings are naturally forgetful. We constantly need to be reminded to do certain things; that is why we invented things like lists to help us remember. When we fail to worship, we begin to forget how important God is in every aspect of our lives. This results in us taking credit for all things the He had given to us; claiming that it was through our know-how that we got what we have. Such thinking produces pride which leads to sin.
Therefore, worshiping God at church is essential to our faith. When we sing our songs, we begin to remember the provisions of God and our hearts and minds are aligned to Him. Once our attention is on Him, we are now ready to receive His Word which is presented by the preacher.
Let us worship our God daily, never ceasing in remembering all that He has done for us. Now worship comes in many forms, it does not necessarily need to be singing; you must discern in what way you are able to praise Him effectively. You may even make a list of all the things He has blessed you with. As you do so, your heart will grow more and more in love with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.