Jubilee College of Music

Always Singing...Dr. Smoak

notes about music & worship

for JCM students, graduates, faculty

Part 1: Why Do We Sing?

This will be a three part series to simply answer the question:  Why do we sing? 

When you think about it, singing together as a group of Christians at a bible study or singing together as a congregation at Sunday morning worship is a strange event.  Singing together during a worship service is very common for us as Believers, but where else in our culture does this kind group singing occur?  Maybe group singing does happen at a baseball game:  some folks join in the singing of the National Anthem or the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during seventh inning stretch.  At a SF Giants baseball game (guess who won the World Series this year?  And in 2010 and 2012!) the fans do enjoy singing the 1981 Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the late innings.  But where else in our culture to do hear group singing?

Therefore it is important for us as Christians to ask the question:  why do we expect, anticipate, and enjoy group singing as a vital part of our worship services? 

Part One of this series:  God created human beings with the physical ability to sing.  Through our nasal passages and our mouth we take air into our lungs.  We exhale this air and as it passes over our vocal folds or vocal cords located in our larynx sounds are produced that resonate in our mouth cavity.  With our teeth, gums, tongue, and lips we add vowels and constants to these sounds and musical singing is produced as these sounds exit our mouths.  God created our brains that control all of this physical activity that we call singing.  God engineered and designed human beings, male and female, to sing.  In musical terms, God created us as instruments of singing.

In Genesis 2:7 we find these words:

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

This breath that God breathed into the first human is still breathed into us each moment that we live.  This breath enables us to sing.  In the Psalms there are over 50 references to singing.  In Ephesians 6:19 Paul encourages us to “sing and make melody.”  Christians continue to sing today.  We were created by God to sing.