The songs we sing in praise can affect our mood. Our emotions stir the more we contemplate and agree with the words of a song. Christians singing together in utter adoration of the Father is a preview of eternity. As we sing songs of praise, do we slow down and consider the truth of what we sing? Could we enjoy a greater impact from our singing if our words lined up with truth?
For example, how “close” are you to the Lord? Are there days where you feel more distant from Him than others? Maybe your whirlwind schedule or negative things you’ve done affect you so that you don’t feel as near to God as you do in a worship setting. When you feel that way, it is easy to believe you will only feel “closer” at a future time when the conditions are ideal.
Would you be encouraged if I told you you do not have to wait until a future time of worship to feel close to the Lord? Yes, it is possible to feel close to the Lord every day when you reflect on the truth. Your hectic pace or failures have not distanced you from the Lord. Consider the following: If you are saved, you are already “in Christ”, His church (Acts 2:47; Col. 1:18); we are NOW seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6); we have all been included in Christ (Eph. 1:13). You cannot get any closer than that!
How you think does affect how you feel, whether you sing it or just dwell on it. If you think that not reading your Bible enough, praying enough, or being good enough has distanced you from God, then you will feel that you are not close to the Lord. Reflect on the truth that no matter how little or how much you do, no matter your successes or failures, you are still embraced in the arms of the Lord now! The church in Corinth was a messed up church, yet they were still sanctified in the Lord (2 Cor. 1:2). Change your thinking and your singing to line up with the truth. Just imagine what that will do for how you feel!
If you are in Christ, you are as close to Him as you are ever going to get until He returns. Enjoy the truth that He is with you always, during the easy and difficult times. When you start to feel down about your walk with God, may His truth help you wake up to the blessings He has already bestowed on you.