For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. (Hebrews 4:2)
I sit in the choir at church most every Sunday. Even if you haven’t the slightest love of singing, joining the choir can be of great benefit, allowing one to sit and observe the people in the congregation without engaging in obvious rubbernecking. Since our choir flees the loft before the preaching kicks in, I don’t get to watch people respond to the pastor’s exposition of the word.
You can tell a lot, it seems to me, by watching people as they respond to worship music. Some abandon themselves to the moment, raising up praises to God. Others stand there, arms crossed, resisting every possibility to be reached by whatever spirit might be wafting through the place.
Perhaps these people are resisting and perhaps they just don’t get it, like a tone deaf person at an opera. Everybody hears the same notes and words, but the tone deaf person gets nothing out of it, while the music aficionado is drawn into rapture.
Assuming that we’re all believers, none of us is completely tone deaf. We possess the faith that our verse describes. That does not mean, however, that we always listen, that we’re always joining the enthusiastic singers.
How we sing in the choir or the pews is significant but it’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is how we sing through our lives, how we listen to the directions from our God and then follow them.