As a little girl, I have always loved singing. I would run around in our little apartment belting out songs of anything and everything – from nursery rhymes to Christmas carols. It even came to the point where I would stand by my parents’ bedroom window singing out to the birds like a Disney princess; hoping a big pigeon would land on the palm of my hand and chirp songs back to me. Ofcourse, this never happened.
And not because I was tone-deaf at that time.
Growing up in a pious Catholic family, I joined choirs in various parishes. Not only was this where I managed to develop my singing skills; I also learned to sing from the heart, to worship and praise God.
And this was hard.
I never knew what singing from the heart meant. I would look beside me and see people waving their hands in the air with their eyes closed while singing to God. My grandmother would explain to me that “singing is praying to God twice.” Using this as an opportunity to escape “family rosary time” every evening, I would always sing in church and tell my grandma I already did my share of praying. I was a child — young, restless, and preferring to be outside rather than stuck at home praying over and over again.
During my teenage years, I started experiencing more hardships and problems in life. We kept moving different places and I was always struggling with shaping my personality. I fought with my parents, had difficulty making friends, and focused on puppy love relationships. I forgot about God and the importance of praying. I would go to mass and still pray the rosary with my family, but it felt boring and repetitive.
It was not until I stumbled upon a band called ‘Hillsong’ that I fell in love with Christian music again. The lyrics spoke to me about praising and worshipping God even when it was difficult to. The modern composition made me understand that for some people, singing truly is a way of praying. I heard familiar tunes that would play during mass, and then slowly, I began singing out loud to these songs again.
As time passed by, it did not matter to me what song was playing in church. I would sing to it from the heart. I came to appreciate the beauty of music – be it traditional or new – and how it brought me closer to God.
The Bible shows us how singing songs was one of the oldest ways of worshipping God . The Book of Psalms, for instance, is a collection of songs that sing Him praise.
“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” – Psalm 96 : 1-2, ESV
“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” – Colossians 3:16, NIV
I have then made it a daily habit to listen to worship songs (especially the ones that suit my musical taste.) I let the words sink deep into my heart to renew my faith in Him and to remember that I have a special relationship with Him. It never fails in giving me a sense of renewal and good vibes.
My friend, it does not matter if you are a good or bad singer. God wants to hear you sing Him songs. Whether you are alone in your room, driving in your car, or in a room full of people, He wants to listen to the gift of voice He has given you. Whether you are in pain, or jumping with joy, He wants to hear you serenade your prayers to Him.
I have made it a daily habit to listen to worship songs (especially the ones that suit my musical taste.) I let the words sink deep into my heart to renew my faith in Him and to remember that I have a special relationship with Him.
Let’s refocus our minds on the Lord.
In the mood to listen to an amazing praise and worship song? Listen to this. (“Here I Am To Worship” by Hillsong)