Sing to God with Gratitude in Your Hearts

Sing to God with Gratitude in Your Hearts

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2

Each year, the Music and Worship Arts Ministry highlights one verse to give direction to everything that we do. Last year our passage from Psalm 148:12-13 spoke about the importance of intergenerational worship, and during 2017-2018 we focused upon integrating children and youth at a greater level in our corporate worship gatherings both in the Sanctuary and at Crossings. This year we will continue that emphasis (which I believe to be one of the most important for the future of the church), but this year we will shift to more of an internal and personal focus. For 2018-2019 we will focus upon the themes of joy and thanksgiving, which are matters of the heart.

Colossians 3:16 reminds us of the importance of how we sing. Paul writes “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and song from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Gratitude is often translated as thankfulness and often as we sing to and with one another in worship we are reminded of the great deeds of the Lord. Singing with thankfulness will lead us to sing robustly and with enthusiasm. This sort of visible and audible witness of joy and thanksgiving will point people to Christ and is a radical witness in our day and age. I’m excited to explore these themes with you in 2018-2019.

I want to close this article by mentioning a program for which I give thanks each and every week. Our Music Scholars for the 2018-2019 school year are now all in place and we currently have 13 student musicians. These 13 students range from college sophomores to graduate students and they are each excited about sharing their talents with Trinity Baptist Church. I’m grateful that we can provide a church home for them during their time in college and that we will be providing a place for them to engage their passion for music with their faith in Christ. I’m extremely encouraged that many of them are becoming leaders in our college ministry and have already become deeply integrated into the life of the church. More information will soon be coming your way about these students and I want to encourage each of you to pray for them and their educational pursuits.