Psalm 100 ~ Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.
Every week all around the world people gather together in local churches for the purpose of worshiping the One who is worthy of our worship. One of the ways in which we do that as we gather each Sunday is by joining together and lifting our voices in song. That raises the question, what songs should we sing?
When we sing, we are declaring back to God that which is true about His character and nature. We must remember that God reveals Himself through His Word (the Bible) and it is there we find that which is true. As such, God's written Word must be the lens through which we examine each song we sing. We must also remember that God shows us how to approach Him. In the Old Testament, when Aaron’s sons had deviated from the instructions that were given them at the temple, it cost them their lives. Likewise, in the New Testament in John 4 we are told that true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Those texts, and many others, remind us that there is a weight that comes with our song choices in what we sing back to God.
As we intentionally select songs that are faithful to God's character and nature, we probably will be singing songs not found on your local radio station and that you may be unfamiliar with at times. To help you learn the songs we sing at Gateway, we now have a playlist on Spotify that has many of our regular songs, as well as new songs we plan to introduce to the congregation. We want to encourage you to click on the link below to find that playlist:
Click here for the GATEWAY PLAYLIST on Spotify
Please use this playlist not only as a tool to learn the songs we sing together, but also to praise God on your own and with your family during the week!