|by David S. Lampel
People who share the same focus will always sing in unison.
Individuals become a family by having something in common. In the case
of human relation, it is the blood flowing through their veins that
binds them together. But in the case of the family of God, it is the
blood flowing out of the veins of Christ that does the binding.
A person may be drawn to participating in a choir by a love of
singing_but it is that man or woman's love for Christ that will keep the
song in his or her heart.
So how do we sing in unison?
Singing in unison (as used here) does not mean everyone singing the same
note. What it means is that we all agree on
who is to sing
to whom we are singing
why we are singing
The answers to each of these can be found in Psalm 148. First, who is to
sing? After itemizing every created thing, including the sun and moon,
fire and hail, snow and clouds, the Psalmist continues his list with
. . . kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers
on earth, young men and maidens, old men and children.
-Psalm 148:11-12 NIV
The point? Every person on this earth is to be praising the Lord. The
second question_to whom are we to be singing_is answered by the first
three words of the Psalm
Praise the Lord! -148:1a
Can we emphasize that too much, or too often? In this scattering world
of distractions and false truth, can we hear too many reminders that it
is the Lord who is to be the sole object of our praise and worship?
When the choir members arrive for practice, when they troop in on a
Sunday morning, when musicals are staged and rehearsed and performed_the
desire of every heart should be for the Lord. The focus of every
thought, every intent, should be on the Lord.
Verse 13 answers this.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven. -148:13 NKJV
Why? Because only the Lord's name is exalted_literally, "set on high";
it is only His glory that stands above earth and heaven.
With one voice.
What unity and strength there is in joining our voices as one, in praise
of the One, the mighty God of heaven, the only one worthy of our praise.
From In Unison, by David S. Lampel. Used by permission.
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