There’s a new restaurant in town called the Junk Ditch Brewing Company. If you have eaten at the Afine’ food truck, you’ve tasted the kind of food served at Junk Ditch because it’s owned by the same people. Sara and I spent last evening on the patio talking and enjoying the food. The only drinks we had were the house-made sodas (the lime is delicious!), but this morning I was reminded of the connection between alcohol and worship! As crazy as it sounds, Ephesians seems to indicate that it’s sinful to be smashed on alcohol, BUT not tipsy on the Spirit. Not only that, the sign of being plastered on the Spirit should be singing!
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—Eph 5:18-20 NIV
So let me point out 8 reasons to sing as we are tanked on the Spirit…
Singing Encourages & Expresses the Spirit’s Work…we don’t talk about the Holy Spirit much, but this is true. The Spirit inside of us is ready to sing. When we sing, the Spirit is transforming us into the image of Jesus!
Singing Helps us Remember God’s Word…This is the reason lyrics are so important. They help us remember the works of his hands!
Singing Helps us Teach and be Taught…Worship is both vertical (to God) and horizontal (to encourage other believers). It’s an educational event that helps us learn God’s word AND teach others. This is why we teach on the biblical basis of our songs when we learn them.
Singing Helps us Express & Engage our Emotions!..Singing with emotion is different than an atmosphere of emotionalism. This helps connect all parts of our being to love God…heart, soul, mind and strength.
Singing Helps us Reflect & Meditate…I’ve always struggled with how to meditate. The truth is that it takes time. Setting aside time each week to sing together is one way to stop and soak in God’s word.
Singing Amplifies the lyrics Emotions…If anything should stir up out emotions, it’s our God…who he is and what he’s done.
Singing Encourages Physical Expressiveness…we hug and kiss our family. Being physically expressive in our singing gives a fuller expression of our love for God and stirs up our hearts again to love Him.
Singing Helps us Express our Unity with the Church…How many times do we do the same thing, at the same time as a group? Maybe at sports events or movies, but not many. And even if you don’t like the song we are singing, it’s a chance to show unity and offer sincere worship to our God.
So whether you’re eating a Strawberry/Beet Salad at the Junk Ditch Brewing Co. or singing on Sunday while sloshed in the Spirit, let’s worship our God. As Bob Kauflin writes,
“…in every circumstance, a true worshiper worships God. That’s the priority.”
Thanks again to Bob Kauflin for his book, True Worshippers. This content came from that book which proves that I’ve, at least, learned to read.