Blessed are Those Who Know the Songs

Philip Stephens

In a few weeks (September 5), Children’s and Student Choirs will resume for the new choir year. Ten different choirs are offered for children, age three through grade six. The Student Choir is offered for students in grades seven through twelve. The primary goal of these choirs is not to teach music, although much will be learned about music. The primary goal is to teach kids about God, using the tool of music. And, the most obvious tool of music is songs – wonderful, memorable, worthy songs.

Ask many SMAK (Summer Music Activity for Kids) “graduates,” and they can break into songs from specific musicals, often with the motions. I recently heard of a groom and groomsmen, all Student Choir grads, who while waiting before the wedding, broke into a choir tour song from years past. This all bears testimony that we rarely forget the words that we learn on a tune, especially when learned at a young age.

The theme for Children’s Choir this year is “Fruit of the Spirit, Growing Godly Character.” Every month a specific fruit will be emphasized; for example, September – Love, October – Joy, November – Peace, etc. Scripture supporting each subject will be explored and songs learned. The theme for Student Choir is “Look What God Has Done.” The students will consider all that God has done in many things such as creation and salvation.

Most kids in America can sing “Let It Go” and other popular songs. Think about what your kids will remember from their young years. In addition to the popular songs, will they also remember God’s truth, wrapped in beautiful melodies? When they go to their first funeral to bury a beloved grandparent, will they know, “It Is Well with My Soul”? In personal worship, can they genuinely say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, . . . sing like never before, . . . worship Your holy name”?

“Blessed are those who know the songs.” (Psalm 89:15 paraphrased) What a privilege for believers to express their faith through song!

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