The God Who Sings
Why does God call us to sing to Him? Why does song play such an integral role in spiritual battle? How does singing to God change the atmosphere in our soul?
These are just a few of the questions that have been running through my heart as I’ve revisited this beautiful spiritual discipline. I’m guessing I don’t have a clue right now in comparison to what we’ll one day learn, but as I’ve been thinking about this, God’s delight in music is quite obvious. I mean, He’s dedicated five books to poetical expression (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) and songs are woven throughout His Word.
The Song of Moses crowns the Red Sea victory (Ex. 15) and shows up again in heaven, just before the seven plagues of the great tribulation (Rev. 15). Before sending Moses up Mount Nebo to die, God gave him one last responsibility, He told Moses to teach the Israelites a song that He gave to him. That song fills most of Deuteronomy 32.
Heart-songs lifted to God are heard throughout redemptive history. Miriam, Deborah, and David celebrate God in personal and tender verse, but also sing the graphic details of God’s power in display. God’s people sang in battle, sang when they were in need of water, sang when they were in mourning, and sang when held captive. Their songs communicated raw human experience and suffering, but at the core, these songs exalted God.
Singing involves our whole being: our thoughts, emotions, memories, desires, heart, body and voice. Singing lifts us from the bondage of hopelessness and transports us to the wonder of God’s presence.
Song is God’s language—it is where our hearts connect most deeply with His.
I believe God invites us to sing, delights in our songs, and is moved by this simple act of worship.
But what I find so astounding is when God sings:
Does that not just blow you away?
He is the God who battles for us and sings over us.
He is an amazing God. Let’s sing to Him.
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Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more