“A song of ascents: Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Hashem.” (Psalms 130:1)
The true depth of a person is revealed through their singing. You can talk to Hashem from deep within but when you sing to Hashem with all your heart, it breaks every obstacle blocking the light of Hashem to you.
“How can we sing the song of Hashem upon the soil of an alien [G-D]”? (Psalms 137:4)
Whenever we sing a song in the back of our minds we should hope for the time when we will sing in the comfort of the Bais Hamikdosh.
“I will rise at to praise you…” (Psalms 119:62)
When a person praises someone sincerely, there speech does not come off in a normal tone. It comes forth musically.
“Serve Hashem with joy, come before Him with song.” (Psalms 100:2)
Everything you have to do in life has to be done anyway so why not complete it joyously. If you are coming before Hashem in prayer already, why not compose it to Him like a beautifully arranged, heartfelt song.
“Then Moshe and the children of
When you are with others, choose a tune that would be fitting to your friends and not just one you enjoy.
“Then Moshe sang” (Exodus 15:1)
A person sings after having been touched by something.
“Praise Him with sounding cymbals! Praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!” (Psalms 150:5)
All other instruments it mentions once but cymbals twice. This is because when you make music, it is understandable and acceptable to be loud like a symbol as long as it doesn’t bother someone else.
“Give thanks to Hashem, call upon His Name, make His works known amongst the peoples, sing to Him, make music for Him, and speak to all His wonders.” (Psalms 105:1-2)
A person can express their feelings about something through words but through music and song, ones true appreciation comes forth.
“I am for Hashem. I will sing and praise the Hashem of
Someone with a strong belief in something feels a strong need to express these feelings that are bursting inside them. This is why many with strong convictions become musicians and artists.
“A song of the Shabbos day. It is good to thank Hashem and to sing praise to Your Name, O Exalted one.” (Psalms 92:1)
For every type of situation, every type of mood, there is an appropriate song for that moment.
“They will praise His name with dance, with a drum and a harp, they will sing to Him.” (Psalms 149:3)
To the musician or dancer, music is like a prayer said silently in ones mind while its words are expressed from within.
“Then shall the trees of the forest sing out at the presence of Hashem because He comes to judge the earth.” (Chronicles I 16:33)
To those who look deeper than the exterior surface, they can hear the trees and other forms of nature whistling and dancing in the wind as one would dance to music.
“Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing for joy together!” (Psalms 98:8)
We are very un-unified as a people that to appreciate the music nature creates is impossible because we can’t imagine that such a unity could exist.
“And as singers who are like dancers are all those who study You.”(Psalms 87:7)
A person sings with their physical body as a way of expressing their soul which all the while has been dancing.
“Then Moshe and the Children of
A person sings after being victorious. That is after awakening a quiet soul.
“Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the village that Kedar inhabits; let the inhabitants of the rocks sing, let them shout from the peaks of the mountains. Let them give glory to Hashem, and tell of His praise in the islands.” (Isaiah 42:11-12)
When a person bursts out in song having been in a deserted place, like a rock having been still and asleep from doing the will of Hashem, it brings tremendous glory to Hashem. Even more then one who has already been awake.
“From the wings of the land we have heard song, glory to the righteous. (Isaiah 24:16)
Tzaddikim are like the wings of Klal Yisrael being able to take the prayers and actions of Klal Yisrael and lift them up as a beautifully composed song.
“For Hashem will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her ruined areas; and He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of Hashem; joy and gladness shall be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of melody. (Isaiah 51:3)
When a person is comforted after a long drawn out amount of suffering, their gladness is like music to them and those around them.
“Because thou didst not serve the Hashem thy Hashem with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart.” (Deuteronomy 28:47)
“A song of David”. (Psalms 23:1)
“Give thanks to Hashem with the lyre; make music for Him with the ten-stringed harp.” (Psalms 33:2)