Guest post by Nina McCarver, Director of Elementary Music

God gave us an amazing gift when He gave us music. Music has the ability to express what our hearts are longing to say. In Job 38:6-7 God tells Job that He set the earth’s foundations and put its cornerstone in place while the morning stars sang together and the angels shouted for joy. Music was there in the very beginning! God Himself sings. We know this because Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you. The mighty One will save you. The Lord will be happy with you. You will rest in His love. He will sing and be joyful about you.” When we sing, we are reflecting our Father in heaven. Because of these things, I believe music is a universal language that every human can understand. Every nation can sing the music to “Jesus Loves Me.” Although the lyrics may be in different languages, the notes are still the same, and because of that, we have the ability to praise God together in one accord.  

Over and over again, we are encouraged to sing praises to God by the people of both the Old and the New Testaments. When the Israelites came out of Egypt and walked through the Red Sea, they responded in song. Miriam, Moses’ sister, grabbed her tambourine and began to sing praises to God for the amazing miracle. When Paul and Silas were in prison because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they sang songs of praise to God and prayed. As they were singing, God sent a miracle in the form of an earthquake to burst their bonds and free them. However, they didn’t move from their spots because they were confident in God’s plan for them. Instead their behavior not only saved them but also many of their fellow prisoners as well as their jailor, whose entire family was saved.

We may not be walking in the middle of the Red Sea or sitting in an awful prison, but living in the midst of a pandemic isn’t exactly where we would like to be right now. Would you agree? We can sing praises to God just like Miriam, Paul and Silas. God has done wonderful things, and He is worthy to be praised. There is nothing that is outside His control. When we sing, we are refreshing our memories of what God can do. I am looking forwarding to singing praises to God with the children of Christ Church!

Starting Sunday, Oct. 4 from 4-4:45 p.m., join Nina McCarver for our virtual Alive! Children’s Choir practices via Zoom. Contact Nina for more information.

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