"SING, OH SING"
"O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth" (Ps. 96.1)
INTRO.: A song which encourages us to sing unto the Lord is "Sing, Oh Sing." The text was written by Norman E. Sewell, a gospel preacher who was born in St. James, MO. After working for many years with the Southside church in Springfield, MO, he currently lives and preaches in Harrison, AR. The tune was composed by Roy John (R. J.) Stevens, who was born at Rosenberg, TX, on Aug. 5, 1927. Stevens co-edited Hymns for Worship in 1986. "Sing, Oh Sing" was copyrighted in 2004. Brother Sewell sent me a copy of it shortly after he and brother Stevens completed it. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church, it may be found in the 2007 Hymns for Worship Supplement edited by Stevens, Dane K. Shepard, and Tim Stevens.
The song speaks of several different aspects of our singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
I. Stanza 1 says that we sing about the Lord’s salvation
"Sing, Oh sing, Oh sing unto the Lord,
Lift your voice to praise His holy name.
Sing, Oh sing, Oh sing of our salvation,
Give to Him the glory due His name."
A. The Lord (Jehovah) is God: I Ki. 18.39
B. Because He is God, His name is worthy to be praised: Ps. 29.2
C. Another reason why we sing to the Lord and shout joyfully is that He is the Rock of our salvation: Ps. 95.1-2
II. Stanza 2 says that we sing about the Lamb
"Sing, Oh sing the song about the Lamb,
Give to Him your sacrifice of praise.
Sing, Oh sing, Oh make a noise that’s joyful;
To our Lord, our voices we do raise."
A. The Lamb is Jesus Christ who was slain: Rev. 5.11-12
B. Through Him we offer the sacrifice of praise to God: Heb. 13.15
C. Therefore, we should make a joyful noise to Him: Ps. 100.1-2
III. Stanza 3 says that we sing about thanksgiving
"Sing, Oh sing with all of the redeemed ones;
Let us sing the song of victory!
Sing, Oh sing a song of our thanksgiving;
From sin’s death our Lord has set us free."
A. When we sing to the Lord, we join with the redeemed who give thanks to the Lord: Ps. 107.1-2
B. One of the reasons why we sing to Him is to give thanks: Ps. 105.1-2
C. One of the things for which God’s people can be thankful is that they are free from sin and death: Rom. 8.1-2
IV. Stanza 4 says that we sing about our home in heaven
"Sing, Oh sing about our home in heaven;
A sweet place of rest is waiting there!
Sing, Oh sing, and praise His name forever,
For our robes we’ll gladly, gladly wear!"
A. God has an inheritance reserved for His people in heaven: 1 Pet. 1.3-5
B. That inheritance involves receiving a sweet place of rest: Heb. 4.9-10
C. There the righteous will sing forever wearing robes of white: Rev. 7.9-10
CONCL.: The vast majority of "religious" songs written in the last few years have been "praise choruses" drawn from a genre called "contemporary Christian music." While I cannot, and therefore will not, say that all such songs are necessarily unscriptural (although many of them seem much more suited to a charismatic revival than an assembly of God’s people), my experience is that most of them have highly repetitive and often subjective words set to melodies with strange, almost "new-age" sounding harmonies and rhythms that are difficult for the average churchgoer. It is good to know that there are a few good hymns of recent vintage which actually praise the Lord in a reverent way as they encourage us to come before our God and "Sing, Oh Sing."