“I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long.” Psalm 71:22-24a
Lip syncing is when you pretend to sing a song that is coming from a pre-recorded track and not from you. Artists who have been exposed for lip syncing when they should have been singing have been humiliated and had their careers derailed. However, what David is talking about here is even more powerful/dangerous than lip syncing. When it comes to praising God, we must practice soul syncing. Syncing the songs in our mouth with the stirring in our soul is the true secret to worship that pleases the Father. When my lips shout for joy when I sing praises to God, my soul also must rejoice in my redemption. To do anything else is to walk in dangerous territory.
Syncing the songs in our mouth with the stirring in our soul is the true secret to worship that pleases the Father.Warren Mainard
Jesus spoke against the Pharisee’s on this issue, saying, “These people honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8. We can be like this too, singing beautiful songs of worship, all while our hearts and souls are out of sync with God’s praise. Jesus warned the Pharisees about this kind of hypocrisy- “Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.” Matthew 23:27
Before you sing your song of worship, try tuning your heart and syncing your soul…Warren Mainard
The answer, of course, is not to stop singing, or to sing louder. Instead, we are to turn our hearts back to God. Or, as the writer of the old hymn put it, “Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.” Tuning our heart to sing God’s grace is even more important than tuning our guitars (harps & lyres too). Before you sing your song of worship, try tuning your heart and syncing your soul by praying this simple prayer- “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14