• Morgan Banks

Don't Stop Singing!

Updated: Mar 31

God desires to hear the voices of all people. He loves low tones, high tones, and much more. Want to know how I know? The Bible speaks about singing endlessly. Psalms 47:6 says, "Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our king, sing praises;" 1 Chronicles 16:9 says, "Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts;" and Psalms 96:1 says, "Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth." The Lord loves to hear His people use their voices to praise Him. If you are a singer and you stopped singing, lean in.

I was sitting in silent depression for about five years before I fully realized I had stopped singing. Sure I sang in church for the choir or my pastor when he would ask. Nothing was though for me, not my voice. My heart was all into just as it had always been in the past, but my singing seemed to have drifted away in the wind. The Bible instructs us to sing even in sorrow, but I could not get the notes out. One day while in a friend’s home, I went to the bathroom in the middle of an episode of nonstop tears. I believed nobody had noticed. I cried so hard in my lap because my life was swirling around me, and I could not get it to stop. As I walked out of the bathroom, my friend said, "Hey Morgan, my mom wants to hear you sing. Could you do so?" I cringed because I had just straightened my back, forced a smile, and walked on. I took a deep breath and exhaled, "Yes." As I walked into the bedroom, I leaned against the wall with my protruding belly and out flew notes to, "Jesus, you are the center of my joy." Not at all did I feel like singing, nor did I believe that He was my joy at that moment.

You see, I understand that you stopped for a reason, but somebody somewhere needs your voice. More importantly, you need your voice. You need to hear what God hears when you sing to Him. Maybe you have not heard yourself in a while. You might be surprised with what comes out, and God can't wait to hear you! Psalms 68:4 says, "Sing to God, sing in praise of His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before Him-His name is the Lord."

As I went back to sit on the couch, I heard everybody rumbling around saying that they were blessed by the song and asking me, "Why don't you sing anymore?" I had not realized how much healing my voice held in it. At that moment, I remembered that Jesus was the center of the joy that I desired. I may not have had it at that time, but I knew I could find it in Him, especially because this was the song that I fell in love with so strongly. Days after this, I hummed and sang this to myself. I was not healed overnight, but my voice did something to my spirit for which I can only thank God. Don't stop singing!

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