“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
“singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
We do not truly sing until we sing with grace in our hearts. This is the song of the soul. The person may not be able to sing very well, but a song breaks out in the heart. That is why the Bible says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Some can carry a tune, and others cannot, but the point is the expression of the heart. Maybe that is why God allows for “noise” sung unto him!!
If we have no grace in our hearts, we cannot sing unto the Lord. A non-Christian cannot sing with grace in their hearts to the Lord. A Christian with little understanding of God’s provisions cannot sing with grace in their hearts to the Lord (Eph. 5:19). Some Christians sound like crippled crows when they sing. God makes crows as well as canaries. Some of us sing best on the inside.
It is not enough to sing true content. God wants us to sing with our hearts as well as our lips.
“With grace” — we need the help of God’s grace to sing out of the heart.
Grace is the basis of the Christian’s song.
We can tell much about an individual or a church by their singing. We can tell not only by what they sing but how they sing. We can tell by the singing whether the Bible is honored or whether the Savior is preached. If we want John Wesley’s preaching, we must have Charles Wesley’s music. If we want D. L. Moody’s preaching, we must have Ira Sankey’s music. If we want Billy Graham’s preaching, we must have Cliff Barrow’s music. These things go together. Dead music goes with dead preaching. A recognition of the grace of God’s provisions is the basis of true singing.
“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth” (James 3:14). If we have a bitter, envious, striving attitude toward someone else, we cannot sing with grace in our hearts. A heart full of animosity and criticism cannot sing. We have gone sour, and our heart goes off key.