We are a family that loves to sing together. We all love to sing…everyone from Will down to our youngest child, Michael, who is just three. I will admit that we are extra blessed because Will teaches has a degree in music, teaches lessons and, several years ago, he taught music in the school system and was a Music Pastor (he can play almost anything!). I also have a bit of a music ministry background working with youth, myself.
But we will both be the first ones to tell you that no where in the Bible does it say that you must have perfect pitch, be able to sing well or play an instrument to worship the Lord!!!
Here is one of my favorite passage on this subject:
Psalm 100: 1-5
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations. (NKJV)
He made us. He made me. He made you! He made your voice too! And it gives God pure pleasure to hear the voices of His children raised in praise and worship no matter how well you may think you sing.
One of the things that melts my heart every single time our family gathers for Family Worship and Bible Time is the sound of our children singing their favorite hymns and praise/worship songs. It brings tears to my eyes and my heart is full to overflowing with pure joy to watch the joy and enthusiasm on their little faces as they sing to God putting all of their love, joy and energy into every word!!!
Here is a little peek into our Worship time from tonight’s Family Worship/Bible Time…(Its less than 5 minutes so I hope you’ll take a moment to watch.)
They may not always be in tune with the notes in the music but they are always in perfect tune with their desire to sing to the Lord. And I want you to think about something for a moment…
If, it fills up our hearts as their parents to hear them sing to God, how much more do you think it means to God to hear each and every one of us, young and old, in tune or on our own tune, raising our voices to give thanks and praise to Him our Heavenly Father?
Will is our Family Bible Time leader…but when it comes to who leads our songs and hymns of praise and worship during Family Bible Time, he sometimes asks me to lead it. I am so blessed to have that opportunity. And then, as in the video clip, sometimes our children like to lead.
But, I have to admit…
I love it when Will leads us in song and teaches us a hymn that he loves from when he was growing up or a children’s praise song with hand motions to go with them that he used to sing at Bible Camps. Our boys get so excited! Which is so neat.
I understand that some families may not be used to singing or studying God’s Word together with Dad leading. It may take time to help everyone to grow comfortable singing and worshiping together at home. After all, it takes a while to figure out what home school curriculum will work for your family too! But you know what? That’s OK. New things take time for all of us to get used to doing. Most worthwhile things do! And you know what? You don’t have to be a homeschooling family to enjoy Family Worship with your family!
But something neat happens over time…you may find yourself singing as you do the dishes and your children begin to join in. Or one of my favorite things which is to hear our boys playing with the cars in the living room while singing “I have decided to follow Jesus” at the tops of their voices…as I work in the next room.
That is a joyful noise that will echo in my ears and heart for as long as I live!
I am so grateful to my husband for following the Lord’s leading and stepping out of his comfort zone and suggesting that we start having Family Bible time together as a whole family. And my heart leaped with joy when he began sharing some of his favorite songs from his childhood with us. It opened his life and heart to us at a new level. And the smiles and songs…love and memories will echo in our minds and hearts so much longer than whether or not we sang in tune.
Please join me next week as I introduce the Jesse Tree Advent Family Devotions preparations we are all getting involved in at our house. The boys and I are making the ornaments for it during our art time as a part of our homeschooling. Advent is how we got started with Family Worship last year.
Question: Have you tried having Family Worship at your house? What are some of your favorite songs and hymns from your childhood or even now that you might try sharing with your children?
Please share your favorites in the comments below. I will respond to every comment within 48 hours!! They mean so much to me!
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Dancing at the foot of the Cross,
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