What’s in a church? – The reason why we sing

“Someone asked the question, why do we sing? When we lift our hands to Jesus-what do we really mean”

The interlude to Kirk Franklin’s song titled “the reason why we sing”. During a discussion about church with work colleagues- a question came up whether I attend one of “those” churches.

To my surprise I questioned “what do you mean “those” churches”. One shot back answering “you know the one’s where they scream and shout making noise”

Baptized in a Catholic church and now attending a Pentecostal church I understand the difference in worship between the two however my faith/belief in God has not altered because I attend a different church

In a way it has made me more open to the way I give praises unto the Lord. Shyness is no longer an issue.

One colleague shared a time when she and her sister attended a predominately black church in Harlem. They were welcomed and lead to their seats with open arms and smiley faces. However she recalls being frightened by the actions of the same individuals as they sang loudly and how some rolled on the floor in somewhat of an epileptic fit. “As though they were possessed” she said.

As the service concluded the church members regained their smiley faces and escorted my colleague out of the church. Asking whether they had been blessed by the service?

“Someone may be wondering, when we sing our song-at times we may be crying yet nothing is even wrong” Kirk Franklin

I can admit and relate to my friends experience- my first time being a midst the all dancing singing and shouting Redeemed Church of God I was taken back and didn’t know how to act. Because I was used to the conventional Roman Catholic programme.

Enter-Sit down-stand-hymn-sit down-hymn-kneel & pray-sit down- stand-exit

This conventional way leaves no room for one to express their gratitude over certain circumstances that God has delivered them through.

As a newcomer I was a bit uncomfortable and distracted by the loud praises of other church members. But as I recall I was being a hypocrite- I was able to sing along word for word and get groovy to the latest Beyonce or Rihanna track but be reserved when in the house of God.

Matthew 10:33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

It is said that when you know the Lord that you are serving you should give him all your heart and strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5

“I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free” Kirk Franklin

When you dance and praise the Lord your spirit can be connected to another level which to some individuals can lead to speaking in tongues.

As my understanding and faith in God increases I am more comfortable in giving praise and not being afraid of how I may look to others.

“Glory Hallelujah you’re the reason why I sing” Kirk Franklin

Looking at my current situation and where I have been and that of my family I would be a fool not to give thanks and praise to God for his love upon us.

Praising God should not be restrained to being in church, wherever you may be no matter the situation take the time to acknowledge God’s presence in your life.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth

Peace & Love



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