Ephesians 5:19-20: “Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What is so special about singing?

Well, I believe, that’s how music started in the first place. Our voice is the first instrument given to us for free. Everybody has a significant voice. Voice recognition systems bank on that. Singing to the Lord adds our vocal fingerprint to the praise that has extended from the beginning of time.

All over the world people pray and sing. I believe that the song we sing to the Lord exceeds radio waves. It goes out into the universe and touches the heart of our Creator. That’s one of the best reasons why we want to join the choirs of praise. Angels praise Him, humans praise Him and also creation – here and there and everywhere – engages in tireless praise.

In the outdoors all of creation sings, but birds uniquely stand out. At dawn and dusk we hear their collective twitter. We may have noticed that some birds have veritable singing voices while other birds may sound a bit obnoxious – a great metaphor to help us move past a common human misconception: The sound of one’s voice is nothing to worry about when it comes to praising God: praise from the heart always sounds sweet in His ears.

In the symphony of praise, silent worship strikes a special chord and stems from the gratitude we feel in our hearts. “Have I told you lately that I love you?” [*Source: Van Morrison’s 1989 studio album “Avalon Sunset”] – a song written by Van Morrison – puts into audible voice what a lover silently feels. Silent praise, which is the devotion we feel, precedes our declaration of love. A devoted heart is the seedbed of genuine praise.

It is a good thing to express our love from time to time; this is true for both humans and the Lord. Have you told Him lately that you love Him? How about putting that in a song?