4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
The Word of God exhorts us to be singing saints! God’s people must sing to give thanks to the LORD. Though we can give thanks to God without singing, such as by prayer, we are here encouraged to sing to give thanks to Him. Psalm 147:7 likewise tells us to “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God”. Our singing should never be without thanksgiving to God.
God’s saints ought to get together to sing His praises in thanksgiving. Let there be joyful singing unto His name among His people. Let our homes be filled with songs of His praise, rather than the music of the world. Let us also sing praises to Him in our hearts.
Render not our voices to stir up the memories of carnal pleasures and unholy mirth. Instead, as our text reminds us, let us sing and give thanks “at the remembrance of his holiness”. We should not sing to promote sin, but to exalt the holiness of God!
Those who sing and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness are those who love His holiness. They are thankful that they are saved from their sin and imputed with His perfect righteousness. They are thankful that they are called to be partakers of the blessings of His holiness. They rejoice in the holy laws of God that keep them away from sinning. They rejoice in the unfailing promises of their holy God, who is ever faithful to keep all His words to them.
God’s people should not be singing the carnal and unholy doctrines of men, which corrupt themselves and their hearers. Their pleasure must be in the songs that promote the holy doctrines which the LORD has given unto them in His Word. Let the testimony of Psalm 119:54 be true of us that “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” Pilgrims to heaven are happy to sing the songs of their holy God. They endure their trials and overcome their temptations as they journey through this world by singing unto their LORD, who is holy. By singing unto the LORD, they strengthen their resolve to be holy unto Him. May our singing always stir within us a grateful consecration to divine holiness. Oh, what delight it is to turn from the misery of sin to the beauty of His holiness! Oh, rejoice and praise our most holy God with our songs!