From the cutting room floor from my sermon for 10th March… (ran out of room)… but worth sharing…

Sermon on the Song of Zechariah – and here is an important aside on our singing.

Zechariah adores God… because God has come and redeemed his people…

This is the basis of Biblical praise and worship. It is a response to what God has done!

That is why the songs we sing here at church are (for the most part) grounded in good Biblical teaching…

I’ve been to churches or conferences… where all the songs are talking about how we’re feeling… People think that if you sing enough about how you’re feeing, than eventually – if you sing it enough – THAT will be how YOU will feel…

“I just want to praise you and lift my hands and praise you”…  I’ve sung at a church or a conference – when the reality is I didn’t even really want to be there!

I was feeling bad when we started… by the time I got to the 5th song and 7th repeated chorus – I really didn’t want to be there…

No what we need when we sing in church is not someone to whoop up our feelings… we need good theology…

It’s when the Spirit of God takes the truth of God and drives it home to my heart, that my heart – and lips will sing!!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

THEN sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Good theology, will inspire heartfelt praise and adoration.