It is a thought that can bring fear and trembling into some homes. In others, it is a joy to think about. What am I talking about? Singing in the home. Specifically singing hymns and spiritual songs together in the home. There are some homes that have musical talent galore. One person can play the piano, another can sing melody, and yet another loves to harmonize. Then there are other homes where it might feel like even coming close to singing the melody of a familiar hymn properly would be a great accomplishment.
Colossians 3:16 says, "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."
Notice that verse does not mention any level of skill required. We as God's people are to sing together as a sign of our thankfulness to God for His goodness and salvation. We make joyful noise to Him, on or off key. It is part of how God gets His Word to dwell richly in us.
Music has special way of connecting a message to our minds and hearts unlike almost anything else. Even in a world that increasingly hates the thought of memorizing anything, people can still rattle of the lyrics of a hymn or popular song with ease. That is the power of music. It binds the heart and mind together seamlessly.
As long as music has existed, it has always been part of the worship of God’s people. In fact, music’s highest work is done when it connects the words and promises of God to our minds and hearts. For music filled with the promises of God can bring mourning people comfort and hopeful people joy. It can teach the simple and make the wise even wiser.
Living Planted has created our core resource with this in mind. A Simple Approach To Daily Devotions is an easy way for those gathered together in one home to sing together. Each week there is a hymn for the family to sing that echoes the themes of the Scripture and memory work suggested for that week. Download our core resource today on our resources page under the heading Core Resources. Then get started using it. If you have questions, comment below or email us. And don't forget to like our Facebook page in order to not miss future posts and resources.
If you need accompaniment for the hymns, you might look on this website for free resources. You will find music (.mp3) files for most of the hymns suggested there. (We are not affiliated in any way with this website.)