Who am I singing to?

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Romans 7:14-8:8; Psalm 95:1-96:13

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Psalms 96:1-3
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.

Singing, that’s what we do in church every Sunday. Many prefer to sing old and familiar songs, some want to sing new songs. But who are we singing to? I wonder if sometimes we are singing to ourselves. We enjoy hearing our own voices. We sing to console ourselves. We sing because it’s what people do in church. But three times the Psalmist calls us to sing “to the Lord”. He is the “target” of our singing. We sing for Him, to Him, and in His Presence. To whom have we been singing?

Singing to the Lord need not be done in church. In fact, it is to be done wherever we are – in the bedroom, in the living room, in the office, in the classroom, in the park, and in the MRT. Sing loudly, sing softly, sing silently – the volume does not really matter; but the heart does. If our heart sings, our mouth will proclaim, and our actions will declare. Yes, our lives will declare the good news of God’s salvation and glory and wonders. To whom have we sung the Gospel’s song?

Lord, make my life a song of praise, and a hymn of salvation!