My pastor and close friend has used a phrase a couple of times in the last three weeks during “service”. He originally encouraged the congregation to sing with all their hearts, and to sing for those who have “lost their song.” I can’t stop thinking about these beautiful words! Have you ever lost your song? Have you ever been so discouraged and low that it took all your energy just to SHOW UP, let alone muster up enough strength to sing? So…you don’t. You sit there. I’ve sat there, too, once or twice. And I remember a young woman, raising her hands in the front row, standing and singing with all her heart. She wasn’t exactly smiling, but neither was she frowning. It just seemed like those words were the most important things she would say or sing all day! And it lifted me a little…little by little, until I got up the strength to finally sing along.
I now realize that there are two groups I’m singing or playing my horn to on Sunday mornings: The first group is God the Father, Jesus the Son,and the Holy Spirit. The second group is everybody else!
I was reading a lot in the Bible about the “singing” part of worship (because it is truly ALL worship in some form or another). I came across two different types of singing: songs about God TO GOD, and songs about God TO OTHERS. And both are a part of the psalms, which we are pretty much commanded to continue to use during the “singing” part. (Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16)Check out the following scripture:
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
Psalm 96: 1-3
In essence, what we give to God in song, we should also be giving to others. You know, I sometimes get slightly flustered when it FEELS like the majority of the congregation views the praise team (that’s partially me!) as a group responsible for GIVING them some words and music upon which to meditate…to encourage and convict…and themselves as the ones who GET the gift. But if my understanding of the above verses is correct, then we are ALL responsible for giving and getting “ a song.”
This is a pretty exciting thought! No matter what, no matter who, no matter what our flaws are, we are all invited to participate in a magnificent exchange!!! Singing a song to Jesus AND singing to the people around you, who, if you do it with the right attitude, will never care if you can’t sing!
In general, there are at least two groups of people who have not embraced the incredible role they could be playing in the Church: Those who think they have nothing to offer, and those who think they don’t need to go anywhere…that watching an hour of Charles Stanley is good enough. To the first group, that is incorrect, and to the second, that is just plain irresponsible!
If you aren’t sure if you have anything to offer God or any way to serve Him, this is your ticket! EVERYBODY is called to do this, so EVERYBODY also has what it takes to do this! I’m not talking about talent, but heart….love. If your motive is to love and serve, then you simply can’t go wrong.
If you are a Charles Stanley fan, but only on Sunday mornings (insert any pastor’s name here), then I have some words for you. If you dare to say you belong to God, you are going against scripture to consistently NOT attend times when the whole body is meeting. (Hebrews 10:25) To say you aren’t needed there is either very self-deprecating, completely selfish, or extremely untrue.
When you don’t sing your song, someone goes without having heard it. And you will never know what you could have been a part of, just by sitting in your pew, and singing your song.
The young woman I mentioned earlier? Her name was Joyce, and she was a great friend. At the age of 33, after many years of battling cancer, she painfully passed away. Joyce never sang on our praise and worship team, except for the gospel choir. She never played an instrument on stage. But I would say without question she was the very best worship leader I have ever had! Even when she knew she was dying, she still raised her arms and sang with everything she had left. She gave her song away every week, to whomever may have desperately needed it that day.
We all need to remember her on Sunday morning, when we’re in bed, debating whether or not to get dressed and go be with the Church and sing our song, or stay in bed and RECEIVE some more from some famous pastor.
Sing your song today, for the person who may have just lost theirs.