“O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain: America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”
Happy Fourth of July! As we approach Independence Day, I am reminded again how much we like to sing. In church we sing a lot as we worship together. Psalm 96:1 reminds us: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” During worship we sing hymns, we sing canticles, and we sing most of the liturgy. It seems like every time we gather for worship we join our voices together and sing.
My friends, there is a very good and simple reason why we sing so much in worship and in our everyday lives; singing feeds the mind and warms the soul. Did you know that singing plays an enormous role in people’s lives throughout the world? People sing on birthdays, people sing while in their vehicles, and people sing lullabies to put babies to bed. And we sing during many, many other occasions as well.
In the church we sing to praise the goodness of God, we sing to learn/teach the faith, and we sing to secure a firm foundation of faith in our lives for decades to come. When one stops and thinks about it, we need to sing because singing is sometimes the only way God’s Word can reach us.
As we celebrate the fourth of July, may we lift up our voices and sing “God bless our native land; firm may it ever stand through storm and night. When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of wind and wave, do thou our country save by thy great might. So shall our prayers arise to God above the skies, on whom we wait. Thou who art ever nigh, guarding with watchful eye, to thee aloud we cry: God save the state!”
Have a Wonderful and Blessed Independence Day, Pastor Paul