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  • 1. Biblically practical ways to praise the Lord from the depths of our hearts. Psa. 47:6-7 Sing Hallelujah to the Lord!
  • 2. Introduction
    • The countenance of a person is the manifestation of his heart. Prov. 15:13 (cp. Gen. 4:4-7)
      • When a person is happy he typically smiles, laughs and displays a light hearted behavior.
      • In other words, genuine behavior is a manifestation of one’s true heart whether he is happy, angry, sad, or indifferent.
  • 3. Introduction
    • Onlookers have commented that there are those who appear disinterested, who have no expression of joy, or whose voices do not reflect a genuine manifestation of joy in the heart.
      • While we cannot judge each individual heart, it is also true (as noted from God’s word) that the issues of the heart are manifested outwardly for others to see…hence the comments made.
      • Practically speaking – for many – singing songs of praise to our God is nothing more than singing with understanding . 1 Cor. 14:15
  • 4. Introduction
    • This lesson serves to exhort all worshippers to express – through our singing – praise, honor, and glory to our God.
      • By looking at the biblical nature of our singing to our God.
      • To encourage an attitude that manifests a genuine joy that we would typically see in other areas of our lives…when we are filled with joy.
      • To encourage and exhort “song leaders” to genuinely lead the songs of worship in a manner that reflects this spirit of worship unto our deserving God.
  • 5. Singing Is An Emotionally Biblical Way Of Worshipping God
    • Biblically, spiritual songs are a means of communication.
      • They are used to teach, exhort, warn, and even testify against each other. Col. 3:16; Dt. 31:19, 22
      • But they also serve as a means of expressing our deepest emotions… especially toward our Almighty God.
      • Psalms are the epitome of such “biblical emotion”. (ex. “Praise Jehovah” Psa. 148; “Psalm 19”)
  • 6.
    • Often, in the name of Bible authority a number of Christians…
      • Correctly teach singing while biblically denouncing the addition of instruments in our worship to God.
      • While this is fine many of these same Christians do not focus on the weightier matter of our worship in song: singing with the spirit . 1 Cor. 14:15 (cp. Lk. 12:39-42)
      • Technically, those who do not sing in the spirit are not fulfilling Bible authority in songs of praise to God, nor in our communication with one another. Matt. 15:8
    Singing Is An Emotionally Biblical Way Of Worshipping God
  • 7.
    • When praising our God. Psa. 47:6-7
      • We are not just praising an unseeing God, we’re praising our Creator who has given us the gift of eternal life!
      • We are not just singing about someone who died, but of our Savior who died specifically to take away our eternal condemnation!
      • We are lifting up our voices in adoration of the very Name that is above every and all names.
      • How can we NOT have emotions involved when praising our God?
    Singing Is An Emotionally Biblical Way Of Worshipping God
  • 8. Suggestions That Help Aide Heart-Felt Singing
    • When singing to one another:
      • Think about and/or look at those you are singing to.
      • Consider the very words that are you saying (in song) to those you are singing.
      • How much more meaningful is this song now that you are singing to someone ?
  • 9. Suggestions That Help Aide Heart-Felt Singing
    • Song Leaders:
      • Not everyone will have the same capabilities or experience.
      • All, however, are able to prepare their minds and hearts.
        • Prepare their minds: by practicing the songs they will lead.
        • Preparing their hearts: by praying about the songs they will lead the congregation.
  • 10. Suggestions That Help Aide Heart-Felt Singing
    • Song Leaders:
      • Not everyone will have the same capabilities or experience.
      • All, however, are able to prepare their minds and hearts.
      • You are to lead the congregation in song…not just start it.
      • In other words, our worship in song is every bit as important as the sermon, or Lord’s Supper, or giving, etc. to the Lord.
  • 11. Suggestions That Help Aide Heart-Felt Singing
    • To the whole congregation, allow the words to truly affect your emotions when singing:
      • Singing with the spirit and understanding . 1 Cor. 14:15
      • Then you will sound like you mean what you are singing. Ps. 47:6-7
      • Then you will look like you mean what you are singing. cp. Prov. 26:23; Matt. 23:27
  • 12. Conclusion
    • So, what do we do with this information?
      • Get defensive and find ways to disagree with this message?
      • Or, look into the perfect law of liberty and see if you are lacking in this area of your service unto the Lord? Rom. 12:2
    • May God bless His servants among us who desire Him with all our hearts and manifest such hearts in our worship to Him.