Singing Prayer

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Psalm 95

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise (v. 2)

Jeremiah Lanphier, the leader of the 1857 prayer movement, was, according to a contemporary description, “a good singer, gifted in prayer and exhortation, a welcome guest to any house.” Jeremiah had many opportunities to put his good singing voice to use, since every prayer meeting began and ended with a hymn.

Music has often played an important role in the history of revivals. Perhaps the singing explains the power and persistence of the praying at Fulton Street. Every day they were following the psalmist’s encouragement to make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise.

Something about music attracts God, who loves and lives in our singing. He makes his home in the melodies. Something about music also encourages our participation. Music affects and effects—it moves us and makes things happen. There are times when only a melody can express our heart or bend our will.

What if you were to decide that you would join in singing praise to God consistently, whether alone in a car, listening to Christian music, or together with your fellow Christians. If there was a song in your heart and on your lips to God every day, could that affect your prayer life?

PRAYER

Sing: “How Great Thou Art”