Here’s an article I wrote for our school newspaper:
Every month it’s the same, every month the singing in chapel is absolutely horrible. Even if you try to sing with some volume, you are looked and laughed at as if you were doing something really strange. Some pastors try to encourage us to sing with more volume but it never seems to work. Why does this matter, some may ask? You may think it’s not a big deal; after all it is just singing a few standard psalters.
One of the reasons the dismal singing is so concerning is because it is one of the ways we can measure the spiritual pulse of the school. In one way, the poor singing is just an outwards result of much deeper problem, the lack of spiritual life. The reason we sing in chapel is not to entertain ourselves or to apply what we’ve heard. Singing the psalms is a way to praise and adore the Creator of the universe, the God who daily takes care of us and who sent his own Son to die for our sins. In Psalm 95 the psalmist urges us to praise God, “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Should not we, who have been brought up in a Christian home, been taught the Scriptures in home, church and school, who have been offer salvation through Christ Jesus, sing his praise with all we have. In a way, through our dismal singing, we are telling God we do not really care about what he has given us; we are telling Christ that we are not interested in the salvation he is offering. No, this is not necessarily what we mean when we do not sing well. Some people do not have a gift for singing and therefore do not sing with much volume. However, nowhere in the Bible does it say that only those that sing well should sing God’s praises. Psalm 117 instructs everyone, none excluded to praise the Lord, “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” Praising God is not just a half-hearted singing but lifting a joyous sound to God, and none are excluded in this praising.
How is this problem fixed? If next month in chapel, we all begin to sing heartily is everything fine? No, more than an outward change needs to happen; an inward change must take place as well. We attend a Christian school and hear the Bible read every day, yet the sad reality is that many of us only have historical Christianity not true saving faith. No man can fix this problem, no man can make our school praise God with the praises he is due. Yet, there is a solution. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ, God become man, was nailed to that cross on Calvary, to pay for the sins his people committed so they could live forever to glory and praise him. In order to learn to praise God as we should, Jesus must be a personal Saviour. Today he calls you to come to him and be pardoned, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt. 11:28. When this Saviour is yours there is no other option then to praise Him with all your heart. God can change our school from a group the mumbles out a song to a group that glorifies his name in song. Pray that He will do this here at RCS.