How Can I Keep From Singing?

Singing together is a uniquely Christian activity. In fact, people outside of Christianity find the practice a little odd. I had a friend who recently had this very conversation with a neighbor. The idea of people getting together each week and singing together was the most bizarre idea he could imagine. He just couldn't wrap his mind around the idea. 

My friend's neighbor is correct. Singing together is a strange activity, but we just can't help ourselves! The indwelling of the Spirit and the knowledge of our God's greatness gives us an inner desire to express these truths in song. Literally, how can I keep from singing?

The hymn, How Can I Keep From Singing, from Robert Lowery captures these thoughts well. Take a look at his text and listen to the modern arrangement that we sing together as a church below. 

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]