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Question #2
?What is the rationale for having the congregation stand during the performance of music?

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I don’t think standing during the musical portion of our worship service is a biblical mandate; however, there are verses that do give instruction to stand and worship God (see Psalm 22:23, 2 Chronicles 20:19, and Nehemiah 9:5). Certainly we can sing praises to God while we are sitting, kneeling, or in any other posture. So it’s not a “have-to”, but here are some reasons why we ask the congregation to stand when singing:

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It communicates that the music is not merely a performance where the audience is watching what is happening on stage. Rather, everyone is invited to actively participate in singing the praises of God. This is why I’ll often say, “Please stand and sing with us.”

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It communicates respect for the God we are worshipping. In our culture, standing for someone important is a sign of respect. Much like we will often stand at the reading of God’s word or stand when someone prays.

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It is one way we respond physically with our bodies to what God is doing in our hearts and minds. Our bodies naturally respond to what affects our souls. For example, when you’re watching the football game and your team scores a touchdown, you jump up with your hands in the air. It’s the same reason why some people raise their hands or close their eyes when singing praises to God.

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Again, I wouldn’t say standing when singing is a biblical requirement. If someone wants to sit down in order to reflect more on what they are singing, or simply because their legs are tired, that is perfectly alright.

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~Scott

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