One thing I’ve noticed lately is the varying degrees of separation between the Pastor and the congregation he serves. I don’t know if it’s a trend or not, I just notice it’s happening. One of the ways it manifests itself is when the Pastor’s habit is to not sing with the congregation. Here is a list of reasons why it’s good if he does.
- It puts the line of separation where it belongs. Between Jesus and everyone else.
- It sends a visual message. The Shepherd is with the sheep. He likes to be with them.
- It’s a good witness to the flock and unbelievers too. He loves to sing to Jesus. (and maybe even lift his hands).
- He doesn’t look like a game show host, celebrity or motivational speaker who walks out from backstage for the main attraction, “Here’s Johnny.” Kidding aside, it deconstructs the celebrity model.
- He communicates that the whole service has the same level of importance. Γö¼├íActions speak louder than words.
- It goes against the secular grain. “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane (secular)…” Ezekiel 44.23
- It helps to keep his mind right.
Of course nobody wants to legislate this kind of thing, there are always exceptions to this. For Γö¼├íinstance I have a chronic low O2 level and there are some days I just can sing for all services, speak for the services and then talk in between. For me, I get light headed and feel as though I’ve hyper-ventilated. UGH who will deliver me from this body of death! There might be other exceptions as well, but if there is a rule it should be this, the Pastor should make every effort more often than not to do what the Psalmists said:
“give thanks in the great congregation, I will praise thee among much people.”
David Psalm 35.18
“Praise ye the Lord, sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of the saints.”