“[Be] filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.” – Ephesians 5:18b-19
One of the greatest contemporary tragedies hitting our culture is the disappearance of singing. Certainly, we still have professional musicians serenading us on our radios, YouTube, and Spotify. Yet, I am more concerned about the songs not being sung by people who do not get paid to sing. What is especially shocking is that as fewer people sing, research has been finding that singing helps the singer’s body, mind, and soul.
In a preface to Georg Rhau’s Collection, “Symphoniae iucundae” Martin Luther wrote, “I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to humankind by God.” And all one needs to create this beautiful thing is a voice.
In these days after the death of Aretha Franklin, a woman of deep faith, it strikes me that she began singing in her congregation’s church choir. While she quickly rose to prominence with her natural abilities and refined skill, she had helped to lead the church in its worship of God. Aretha Franklin made melody to the Lord in her heart. It seems to me that a proper way to honor her as she enters the Church Triumphant is for us to sing; to sing boldly.
God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+