And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:18-20 (ESV)
This verse resonates with me because I can relate so much. There is nothing that makes me feel as full spiritually as singing praises to God with a talented group of people in four-part harmony. It’s good for my soul. On Wednesday nights, we have a “singing class” at church, and it’s such the perfect pick-me-up for the middle of my week. I can’t explain it to someone who doesn’t like to sing, but it’s just such a rich feeling for me.
I’ve shared with you before my mountain-top experience of being a part of a Praise & Harmony recording. If you haven’t read about my experience, please feel free to do so! I have been a part of two recordings so far, in which I was a part of making 3 cds – Mighty God, Everlasting God, and Jehovah God (not yet released). We are currently preparing for the next recording, which will be in November. Yay! I’ve been singing along with the practice tracks in the car line while I wait to pick up my 5th grader from school.
Here’s a snippet from one of our previous recordings:
To be clear, I don’t have an issue with using instruments. However, I personally feel that when it comes to worship, using our voices to create the chords is so much richer than relying on instruments, and as it’s my heritage, I just like it better. When I sing in a big group like this, I feel like it’s just a little taste of what heaven will be like. Worship via singing is one of my favorite parts of Sundays.
If you are interested in learning 4 part harmony, my friend Paul shared this website with me recently. It breaks the songs down into parts. I thought it was a great resource.