Jubilee College of Music

Always Singing...Dr. Smoak

notes about music & worship

for JCM students, graduates, faculty

Part 3: Why Do We Sing?

In this three part series we are simply asking the question: Why do we sing? In the first part of the series we answered the question with this scientific fact: “God created human beings with the physical ability to sing.” In part two we answered the question by stating that “we have something specific to sing about.” We sing about the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Here is part three.

Today we will rephrase the initial question and ask: Why do we keep on singing? As followers of Jesus we keep on singing because singing about God’s love fills our souls with hope and encouragement for the future. Consider these words from the 2006 contemporary praise and worship song “How Can I Keep from Singing” : Words and music by Matt Redman, Ed Cash, Matt Redman, Thankyou Music, 2006.

I can sing in the troubled times…
I can sing when I lose my step and fall down again…
I can sing with my last breath…

These words speak of pain, hurt, sickness, trouble, depression, unanswered prayer, and death; not happy times. But we keep on singing during these difficult times because the words we sing remind us of God’s care, provision, love, and hope. We are not left alone during stressful times. God is there protecting, comforting, and encouraging.

I can sing ‘cause you pick me up…
I can sing ‘cause you hear me, Lord
I know I am loved by the King and it makes my heart want to sing…

As we sing during difficult times by God’s grace we receive strength for the future; not strength in and of ourselves, but God’s sustaining strength.

JCM students, graduates, and friends: break forth into song today. God is with you, for you, and in you. Keep on singing and do not stop singing!