This is a frequently neglected discipline, but one that is perhaps more freeing than any other. We all sing songs - we sing to infants when they are trying to sleep, we sing in the shower, and we hum along to classic rock songs on the radio.
But what does it look like for a family to sing together?
Colossians 3:16: “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.” This is instruction for the church as a whole, but if we carry the worship of our Lord into all spheres of life, including family life, singing together is an extension of our corporate worship.
Further, to sing songs about God together, even Jesus Loves Me is to root these scriptural truths deep within the heart. When you want to remember something, what's the best way to do it? To sing it.
When we sing we glorify God - it's given to us as a gift, a way to worship God that goes beyond saying things that are true: we're engaged, heart and mind. And when we sing, a practice children find easy, we model for our children an unbridled worship of God that incorporates feeling, creativity, and truth.
TEACH ME TO SING: We don't all have beautiful voices, but most of us have them. We teach our children when we sing, that all people, great voices or not-so-great belong in the worshiping family of God.
QUOTE TO REMEMBER: "I wept at the beauty of your hymns and canticles, and was powerfully moved at the sweet sound of your church singing. These sounds flowed into my ears, and the truth streamed into my heart." - Augustine
GIVE IT LEGS: Before bedtime or even at the dinner table, or perhaps during devotional time, sing a few songs together. Choose one to teach and let the children lead one that they know.