Yes, singing praises to God certainly does open our souls to receive his word.
Yahweh must be worshipped in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We must have his spirit, and we must worship according to what he has written in the word. He has not left it up to us to try and figure out how to worship him. Lucifer was once the minister of music in heaven and lost his position because he dared to ascribe glory, honor and praise unto himself (Ezek. 28, Isa.14).
We must enter his gates with thanksgiving, and come into his courts with praise (Psalms 100:1-4). We’re not singing, shouting and dancing before him to make him feel better. We’re humbling our souls, getting rid of all moral filth and positioning ourselves to receive with meekness the word that is planted in us, which is able to save our souls (James 1:21).
At salvation, our spirits were born again, but our souls were not. Be careful — it’s the spirit of Lucifer, or Satan, that does not want to praise Yahweh. In order to be productive, the word must be received into good ground, and singing praises to Yahweh helps prepare the soil of our hearts for the “seed of the word.”
Bob McClain, Living By Faith Ministry, Oxford
Song, like prayer, fills our souls with his spirit
Yes, singing opens our souls to receive his word. Singing plays a vital role in worship in virtually every religion. Scripture tells us that the children of Israel sang praises after being delivered from bondage (Exodus 15:1). Christ and his disciples sang a hymn at the last supper (Matthew 26:30). In latter-day revelation the Lord tells us, “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me …” (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12).
By comparing singing with praying, the Lord shows how important congregational hymns can be. The hymns we sing can remind us how greatly we are blessed and how indebted we are to the Savior. Sacred hymns can fill our souls with his spirit. By singing sincerely, even the smallest congregation can invite in the blessings and spirit of the Lord.
As a church chorister, I ask congregates to sing with joy and humility — not to worry about how their voices sound but just participate in praising God. We believe that righteous singers “shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.” (Doctrine and Covenants 25:12).
Leslie Cunningham, chorister for the Anniston ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
— Question submitted by Don in Fruithurst