“Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord! Psalm 150
God commands us to “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” (Col. 3:16). We are exhorted to “Sing to Him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works” (Ps. 105:2).
Congregational praise is the outpouring of love and thanksgiving to God by those who are redeemed and kept by God. Therefore, do not be silent, but sing aloud of God’s glorious nature and wondrous works. Lift up your voice and sing with enthusiasm. He is worthy of our praise! How beautiful it is to have a choir support the singing of the people, to enable them to give fully of their heart and voice in praise. Prayerfully consider bringing your presence and voice to help us support and lead the assembly.
I pray that God is calling you to help us build and grow and excellent ministry of music. Many of you are familiar with the carol “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” with a tune by Gustav Holst, and the beautiful text by Christina Rosetti. The last verse says:
“What can I give Him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man, I would do my part;
Yet, what can I give Him,
Give my heart.”
May we all bring our heart and gifts to raise God’s song to the heavenly spheres.
Nancy M. Smith
Director of Music/Organist