God Wants You to Sing to Him

Last updated on October 10th, 2019



How often do you sing to God? Do you know that God wants you to sing to Him? Probably not questions you get asked often. With each of these posts I write, I always hope for one of two things that I can accomplish for you and even for myself when I get thought provoking responses. I hope that we’re all getting closer to accurate Christian beliefs based on God’s Word, and I also hope that we’re doing more things stated in God’s Word to have a deeper connection with God. Today’s post is going to be the latter. So once again I ask, how often do you sing to God?

I can tell you for myself I try to remember to sing to God every day. One of the chapters I typically sing is Psalm 113, which is known as one of the paschal hymns (Psalm 113-118, 136) that the Jews called the “great Hallel”. It may very well have been one of the hymns Jesus and the Apostles sang. For those of us who’ve read through the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, we’re familiar with all the singing and praising of God that David and the Israelites did. But it’s also something that was perhaps of equal importance in the New Testament as well.

Jesus and the apostles sang

For example, it’s noted in both Matthew and Mark that Jesus and His apostles sang.

Matthew 26:30 states, “After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:26 states, “After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s not something that typically comes to mind when I think of Jesus, that he would actually sing. It’s fascinating to me to see this noted. Another instance we see singing is when Apostle Paul and Christian prophet Silas sang while they were in jail.

Acts 16:24 states, “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;”

It’s beautiful to see that even in such dire circumstances, Paul and Silas were still praising God through singing hymns. It’s a wonderful example that we can all follow in our own dire circumstances in life.

Speaking of Apostle Paul, on two separate occasions he instructs the church to sing.

Ephesians 5:19

Ephesians 5:19 states “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;” Now the prior verse to this particular verse was interesting to me. Verse 18 states, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” In contrasting wine and the Spirit, Paul appears to be expressing he would rather people get filled up with the Spirit than get filled to intoxication with wine. The interesting part to me is the fact that the speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord immediately follows that. Is it the case that these actions are the result of being filled with the Spirit, or doing these actions is what causes filling ourselves with a drink of the Spirit much like drinking wine causes one to get drunk off of it. Or perhaps maybe verse 19 is just a continuation of instructions Paul is giving and it has nothing of the sort to do with spirit filling, and Paul was just stating that in verse 18 as contrast to not getting intoxicated. I’ll let you all have fun pondering that, though I will say I find myself leaning towards conclusion number two.

Colossians 3:16

Colossians 3:16 states, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Now reviewing the verses before and after verse 16, this verse appears to be a part of a list of instructions where Paul is reflecting how people as those who have been chosen by God should be as expressed in verse 12. Thus, singing with thankfulness in our hearts to God should be a part of one’s actions in reflecting being one who has been chosen by God.


The last instruction we find to sing is in James 5:13 which states, “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” I think this verse in addition to the other verses we looked at perhaps suggest to us that God wants us to sing to Him frequently, not just in a setting of assembling with one another. As the example of Apostle Paul shows us, one can sing to God in dire circumstances, and as this verse states, we sing to God when we’re cheerful as well. However often each of us individually chooses to sing to God, I hope this can be an encouragement to all of us to put in time singing our hearts to God as He appears to desire of us.

Peace to all those who are in Christ.


10 thoughts on “God Wants You to Sing to Him

  1. As a vocalist myself with an undergraduate degree in vocal performance, I make it a point to sing to God whenever I have the opportunity. I meditate over the Psalms that urge me to sing unto the Lord, make a joyful noise to Him, and to praise Him with a multitude of instruments and song styles. I cherish my singing for the Lord, even if I don’t always think it sounds the best that I could. I know that God hears my singing and is pleased. More important than that, though, is that I praise and thank Jesus through my song. That’s the most important thing I could be doing with any activity. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Hi Neal! Thanks for the comment. That’s awesome you have a degree in vocal performance and sing so much to Him. Those Psalms can be quite inspiring with the level of worship that’s given to God. And that’s an important thing you note, that even if we don’t think we sound the best, God is always pleased to hear us sing to Him.

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

  2. Psalm 100 — “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving…” Singing is integral part of worship, collectively as we gather in church, or at home jamming to Gospel music or Bach’s classical worship grooves. Thank you for this reminder! Sing! Sing a new song! grace, peace & the gift of music — Virginia 🙂

  3. Singing to Jesus, oh what happiness this is. It’s being in love with Jesus, we sing we hum we are happy we whistle we turn ourselves into musical instruments. And when we stop, that is when the world has brought us down, and we pray to Jesus to uplift us again. Amen.

  4. I enjoyed this and it was confirmation for me that my singing abilities have become waaaay better than it ever has. I am musically inclined already but the one thing i could ever do was sing…which is the talent i desired the most! But i never cared. I would sing my heart out anyways. If someone told me i sounded bad i would tell them.Jesus thinks im great. 😀
    Fastforwading through life , it seemed like while my walk with God got deeper, my voice started to sound like a screeching cat. Even my husband had told me that i could sing and it had infact got better.
    My grandma died a year ago in 2 days and at her funeral my dad and i did a duet together and i sang dancing in the sky. Everyone loved it and was amused becsuse they didnt know i could sing! Later on down the line i was telling someone this story and she told me that if that was the case rhen i have a great anointing on my life and all that time it took me to learn (realize really) that i am a pslamist for God…. my heart ocer flowed with joy and awe because he has already shown me some of how i am destined to great new things to be his vessel. I am ready.

    1. Hi Southern Sunshyne. Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it doesn’t matter how well we sing to others, because to God our voice used in praise to Him always sounds great. But I’m glad that you’re able to sing at a level that you’ve always desired. I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job sharing your voice with others in the future wherever God allows you the opportunity. And maybe your voice will help inspire someone to turn their life to God and become saved. An amazing thing that would be

      Peace to you in Christ. 🙂

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