By: Pastor Heidi Kratz
“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.”
As I was reading this Psalm I was struck by how many times the word “sing” is used in verse 6. The Psalmist does not use the word once or twice, but it is used four times in this verse! The word sing is also used again in verse 7.
The word “Psalm” means hymn or song. There are 150 Psalms that are found in this book of the bible. You can have psalms of praise, psalms of thanksgiving, and psalms of desperate cries for God to help his people, just to name a few. Psalm 46 is a song of praise to God.
There are some days we don’t really feel like singing at all. When there is hurt, sickness or pain in your life the last thing you want to do is sing. I would rather complain or feel sorry for myself about everything that is going wrong. This verse tells us to “Sing praises to God.” It does not say to sing if you are an accomplished musician. It does not say to sing if you have had a good day and everything is going your way in your life. The scripture just simply says “sing praises.”
Psalm 46:6 is also not specific as to where you are to “sing praises.” We do not have to be sitting in church service at 9:30 or 11:15 on a Sunday morning to “sing praises.” We can sing praises anytime and anywhere. We can be in our car, taking the dog for a walk, running errands around town. “Sing praises.”
Why do we need to “sing praises?” The Psalms goes on to say that God is the King of all the earth. God reigns over the nations. We need to praise God for who he is and what he has done for us whatever our current life situation might be.