Organize your attitude #24
It’s impossible to be grumpy and sing at the same time.
Singing does something to us. It lifts us up out of our internal moping mode and puts us in tune. Through the movement of our voices, we move from discord to harmony.
When we know this strategy, our true hearts are exposed. Often, when I realize that I could sing and pull myself up out of the funk I’m in, I realize that I don’t actually want to come up out of the funk. I want to wallow, to fester, to mull. I would rather be cranky than sing.
It is good to see our hearts with that kind of clarity. It is good to be forced to admit the truth and not mask our sin, because then we can truly repent. We can acknowledge our bad attitude as our own heart problem. It isn’t anyone else’s fault but our own. It is our personal sin to own, so that we can cast it aside in repentance.
And the beauty of true repentance is shown in song. So once you’ve asked for and received forgiveness, the bad attitude melts away and is replaced not with a vacuum, but with rejoicing – which will readily be expressed through singing.
Certainly, it is possible to sing with an unrepentant heart. It isn’t a magic cure all by itself. But if you are fighting a bad attitude and walking with God, then singing is both a helpful tool and a reliable indicator. Can you belt out a hymn? Can you sing along to your favorite worship song? The world contains Anger songs and Bitterness songs and Sentimental Mush songs and Sadness songs – those do not require a singing heart to sing along with.
But if you choose a Joy song, a worship song, a True song, then you will either have to let go of your bad attitude to engage with the song and bring it forth or admit that you are unwilling to do so.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:15
There is good reason to take this verse as a practical attitude-changing tactic – thankfulness, particularly when put to a melody, banishes our bad attitudes and guards are hearts from its attacks.