The dictionary describes singing as uttering words in tuneful succession, but it does not really describe what happens.
A noted scholar in the field of speech and song said, “The difference between speaking and singing is flow. In singing, the flow of tone is unbroken between the words, but in speaking it is interrupted. In singing, tone is sustained and changed from one pitch to another by definite intervals, over a wide compass that includes notes not attempted in speech. In speaking, tone is unsustainable, not defined in pitch, is limited to a narrow compass, and the length of the tones is not governed by the measure of music.” (Professor Thomas Fillebrown, M.D., D.M.D.)
One astounding fact is that God uses His voice to sing, and scripture says His voice is the sound of many waters, an uninterrupted flow of words clearly descriptive of singing. (Revelation 1:15, Ezekiel 43:2) Not only does God sing, but you are the object of His song, simply because you are His redeemed child. His love for you causes Him to sing, not because of what you have done, but because of what Jesus did, that has brought us together into a mutual relationship of love. Imagine the river of God’s love, compassion, mercy and grace that streams toward you expressed through His singing voice. The following scripture confirms this.
“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior Who saves! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in silent satisfaction, and in His love He will be silent and make no mention of past sins, or even recall them; He will exult over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 Amplified Bible).
I have expanded the meaning of the words underlined from the Strong’s Concordance to give greater understanding of the impact of what God is saying to us in this amazing scripture. God not only loves us, but He is willing to express His love emotionally with singing. It is a staggering reality.
“The Lord thy God in the midst (nearest or center part) of you is mighty (powerful warrior); He will save (set free or deliver), He will rejoice (be bright, radiant, joyful) over you with joy (exceeding gladness). He will rest in His love; He will joy (spin around in rejoicing) over you with singing (triumphant sounds, shouts).” (Zephaniah 3:17)
In context, God was referring to living in the midst of His people Israel, but the scripture is prophetically relevant for New Testament believers. When you got saved, you became a new creation through the work of the Holy Spirit who took up residence in your spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Romans 8:9-11) When the Holy Spirit took up residence, He came offering His gifts, one of which is joy. (Galatians 5:22-23) God wants to release His gift of joy through you, and there is no greater way to release it than with singing. I don’t pretend to be a Hebrew scholar, but I have taken the liberty of using the Hebrew words for Zephaniah 3:17 and expanded the translation as follows.
The Lord God who lives inside you by the presence of the Holy Spirit is above all power that exists, and has already set you totally free through the atoning work of His Son, Jesus. The complete and absolute deliverance Jesus has secured for you personally causes God to sing, rejoice, dance and spin around over you. The reality of this also causes you to sing, rejoice, dance and spin around, and in so doing, you harmonize with Him in celebration of your deliverance. It is the Holy Spirit in our midst Who is the source of all our joy and our voice of praise. Perhaps this is why the enemy fears praise and worship so much.
Taken from my book: The Ministry of The Psalmist