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Gather | Devotion #3: More than a Song

Shawna Johnson | Tech Assistant

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

When we gather on Sunday, it is the perfect opportunity to pursue and experience God. Whether it is through worship, the message, or even the people that surround us, we want nothing more than to seek His presence.

When I first started attending church, I did not understand why people raised their hands. I was not really sure why they even sang at all. Was it for entertainment? Was it supposed to be like a concert? I did not quite get it. As I continued attending (still not fully sold on the songs), I cried almost every time. The message seemed to always speak directly to me, and boy did it hit hard. I have since continued growing in my walk of faith, and I have learned that God can speak to us in a multitude of ways, and one way being in song. One of the first songs I remember connecting with was “No Turning Back,” by Chris Tomlin. I remember being so grateful God saved me from the mess I was in and there was absolutely no way I was ever turning back. This was the moment I realized why we sing.

Praise and worship have now become one of my favorite ways to spend time with God. It is not only an opportunity for us to declare our praise to the Lord but for Him to speak to us as well.

Next time you are in a gathering try your best to put all distractions aside and sing along. Don’t worry about your neighbor or what others may think if they hear you singing. (The words are up there for a reason!). I often joke that I have a voice only Jesus could love, and that is okay because you know what, He does love it! Also, He will love it when you sing too!

P.S. - Isn't it absolutely beautiful when the whole congregation is singing His praises? Imagine how much more He loves it than we do!

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