There’s just something about losing your voice! It’s in the frustration and isolation that is often imposed by seasonal vocal limitations that you begin to get a sense of the value and soul-deep joy of being able to express your desires in an audible, coherent way. Truly, there are times when having our sentiments and hearts wrapped in silence is good. But there are just some prayers, some praises, some crying out, some emotions, some conditions that holler for audible expression, an audible expression that goes beyond the squeaks and gibberish of squirrels, mice or laryngitis.
Much of our worship is audible for very good reason. If we are truly made in the image of God, then verbal communication seems to be part of that image. “God said, “Let there be…” (Genesis 1), or “Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice” (Psalm 68.33b). In fact, all of Scripture presupposes that God is a communicative God, declaring, warning, affirming, directing. Therefore man is a communicative being, driven to commune with the other through song, vocalizations, code, writing, sign language, and art.
To verbally express your desires and intentions in an audibly coherent manner strikes a strong cord in the human heart. Many of the Psalms prompt us to be vocally articulate: “Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing” (Psalm 100.1-2)! “So I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows” (61.8).
In case you were wondering, my point in all of this is quite simple, but one easily passed over. To be vocal and oral about God and His adoration in Church is a fitting and proper part of this body and soul Faith. It’s one more aspect of how our bodies are thrown into our worship.