7 Reasons Your Pastor Should sing with you.

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.

  1. It puts the line of separation where it belongs. Between Jesus and everyone else.
  2. It sends a visual message. The Shepherd is with the sheep. He likes to be with them.
  3. It’s a good witness to the flock and unbelievers too. He loves to sing to Jesus. (and maybe even lift his hands).
  4. 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.
  5. He communicates that the whole service has the same level of importance.  Actions speak louder than words.
  6. It goes against the secular grain. “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane (secular)…” Ezekiel 44.23
  7. 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.”

Psalm 149.1


Scott Gallatin

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