: God has created you in his image. The bible says there are certain things he can and has shared with us but, of course, there are other things which he cannot; otherwise he wouldn’t be God. You can usually tell by his commands, for instance, 1 Peter 1:16:
“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
: You won’t read in the bible, “be everywhere for I am everywhere.” Well, no, I can only be here right now in the one place. But there are things that he shares with us; spirituality, knowledge, wisdom, truthfulness, goodness, love, mercy, grace, patience, holiness, peace, righteousness, justice, jealousy, wrath and more.
I’m convinced that when we want to understand some of the things we do, we must look at who God is and what he does. It may surprise you that one of his attributes, one of the things he does, is sing. Read Zephaniah 3:17:
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
: God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And while we don’t hear a lot about him singing in the Bible, the fact that we see it here tells us all we need. We hear a lot about people singing and, from what I gather in Zephaniah, the only reason we sing is because God sings; he always has and we were made in his image.
God Is Love
God’s a singer? What’s he been singing about? Who’s he been singing to? Himself? Is that weird? Is God weird?
None of this makes sense until we venture into the very essence of God. One of the best passages for me on the Trinity pops up twice in 1 John 4, verses 8 & 16: “God is love.”
How can God is love be true if God is not three Persons? In order to love you need relationship. Without that there’s no possibility of love. This verse may as well read, “God is trinity.” It is God explaining himself. Right at the very core of who he is, the relationship between the Father, Son, and Spirit, is love.
God Loves Himself
That verse from Zephaniah clearly shows the connection between love and singing. If you’re going to exult something it’ll be something you love, something that makes you happy. And in that verse, how does his exulting, his love, play out? With singing.
So, yeah, God loves himself. Is that wrong? No. He’s perfect, holy, just, and true. And it’s very loving to us that he would love himself. If he didn’t exult himself we would never know him. His love for himself, his ego, is the way he saves. Think about it: if I had this massive ego would it be helping anyone? If I was so into myself? I’m not holy, perfect, just, and it would seem I’m not the truth, the way or the life either. I’m a sinner. If I tried to save somebody because of how awesome I am, I’d be damning both that person and myself.
Man is not perfect and so his ego is wrong. But God is perfect and so his ego can, will, and does equate to your salvation. This is why you can read Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:38 without shuddering: “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Can you imagine if I said something like that and actually had people following me? It would destroy them! But you don’t need to look at cults to see that grievous error play out, just watch a girl destroy herself when she gets starry-eyed around her boyfriend, like he’s Jesus on the mount of transfiguration.
When God reveals himself as perfect and worthy of worship, it is beautiful, it is exulting himself, raising himself up as the way to true salvation.
Singing Is Love
It’s okay that God is singing in and to himself. It’s not weird or wrong that God would have this ego. But the whole point is this:
1) God is a singer.
2) He has always been singing to himself in a loving and exulting way in his triune state.
3) And we are made in his image and that is why we sing today.
: Singing - in its purest form - is love. So why do we sing in church? Simple. It’s always been a language of love. We sing to God because we love him. A song we sing for eternity. The part of Heaven we get to live right now. So sing.