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Jul 29, 2018

Finding Your Voice

Preacher: D.J. Bulls

Series: Sermons

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Finding Your Voice

Plato:   “I Could care less about a nation’s laws…let me write a nation’s music.

Virgil:  “Let us go singing as far as we go...the road will be less tedious.”

Augustine:   “He who sings well, prays twice”

2 Chronicles 20:18-21  18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.  20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful." 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the  Lord, for his love endures forever." 22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.  23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

Myth #1:  If I Get, I’ll Give Back

Psalm 63   1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.  2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live,  and in your name I will lift up my hands.

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

Psalm 96   1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.  2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name;  proclaim his salvation day after day.  3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise…

Matthew 26:30   When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Ephesians 5:15-20   15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil…

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,  20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Myth #2:  My Voice Doesn’t Matter; My Voice Isn’t Pretty; I Choose Not to Sing

“Body, mind, soul and voice…it takes the whole person to sing and rejoice!” (Helen Kemp)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Jesus Christ)

Myth #3: The Auditorium Myth:  

Hebrews13:15  Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.   

James 5:13  13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 

Why Sing?  People sing about the things that capture their hearts and things that give them joy. People sing of heroes, victory, longing, and hope. People even sing as a way to express their sorrow. Does anyone have more reasons to sing than you? As a sinner who has been forgiven, a slave who has been freed, a blind person who has received sight, a spiritual cripple who has been healed–all by the gospel–you have real reasons to be known as a person of song”! (Joe Thorn, Note to Self)