Real Men Sing

I love Broadway musicals. I always have. From “Phantom of the Opera” to “The Fiddler on the Roof” to “The Sound of Music,” I can watch them again and again. I love to sing along.

In fact, I have often told my wife I wish life was a musical. Wouldn’t that be awesome? You could just walk around singing your conversations and thoughts throughout the day.

My wife just rolls her eyes.

I love Broadway musicals. I love to sing. But that doesn’t make me any less of a man. I feel I have to say that because in our world today it seems like real men don’t sing. Many guys today are like Robert from the Disney musical “Enchanted.” As everyone is singing and dancing around him, he says with a frown:

“I don’t sing … and I definitely don’t dance.”

That’s just not something most guys feel comfortable doing.

King David was a man. In fact, he was a man’s man. He was a warrior. With God’s help, he defeated a giant. He led armies into battle. Men admired him. Women swooned.

Yet when David looked at all God had done for him, he couldn’t help but sing. For example, when wicked King Saul was hunting him down, David found a cave in which to hide for the night. The next morning, he couldn’t contain himself. He came out of the cave singing his praises to God (Psalm 57).

The other men must have wondered if David was delusional. David didn’t care. He didn’t worry what the other guys thought of him. He was thanking and praising God for his mercy and protection.

I have a good friend who is a retired officer from the United States Air Force. Years ago, while still in the service, he found himself playing catcher in a softball game. Throughout the game he growled at the batters with the traditional, “Hey, batter, batter.” One of the players finally had enough. He turned to him with a smirk and told him his voice sounded like a gravel pit.

It does.

Yet, every Sunday, there he is in church joyfully singing his gravelly praises to God.

Real men sing. It doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like. To God it all sounds good. He wants to hear you. He wants to hear your joy and thankfulness. He wants you to show others how great he is and how you feel about him.

What you do in worship says something to those around you. When you mumble or mouth the words or simply sit in silence in worship, what does it tell those around you? It gives the impression that you don’t want to be there or that worshiping God isn’t important.  It tells the boys who are watching you that real men don’t sing.

When you sing in church, however, it says, “I love my God and am not ashamed to let others know it.” When men sing in church, it tells the boys that it’s okay to sing. It tells them it’s important to sing.

So be a man. Sing out in church. It may feel strange at first. Your wife may look at you funny the first time. Don’t worry what other people think. Don’t worry what it sounds like. You are making God smile. You are being an example of faith to the future men sitting around you.

You are being a real man.

  5 comments for “Real Men Sing

  1. March 28, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Your remark about wishing life was a musical made me think of Kramer in “Seinfeld” as he tried to coax Jerry into attending the opera with him. Jerry thought it was weird to have men singing to each other but Kramer, after singing a few fake Italian lyrics, said, “Jerry, that’s how men talk in Italy!”

    Great advice and encouragement for congregational singing. Listen to the person next to you, watch the notes for ups and downs, and just let your heart go—the voice will follow. To God be the glory!

  2. Kenneth
    March 28, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Glory, Glory to God on High. On Key, In His time, In Tune.

  3. doug rose
    March 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Great words. Maybe that’s why the Bible says to all of us to “Sing A NEw Song nto the Lord.” The way we sing it may be like no other(:)

  4. Edith Schallert
    March 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I keep telling people “God says ‘make a joyful noise’, so if really doesn’t matter if you can’t carry a tune when you sing hymns and psalms! God is listening to your heart, and to the voice that HE gave you!”

  5. James
    March 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    And the early music revival insists upon ‘blend’ and is obsessed with quiet singing.

    Men and boys singing needs to happen more- so boys learn that singing is a way to express yourself, and they learn to express their feelings at all in a society that does not allow men to do so in ways other than violence.

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