Why We Sing In Spanish

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For about six months now, we’ve been singing some songs in Spanish during our worship sets. We don’t typically sing a whole song in Spanish, but we’ll mix certain songs with Spanish and English.

It’s beautiful.

Just about every time a song transitions from English to Spanish, my eyes fill with tears. This isn’t because it’s difficult or uncomfortable, but because for the most part, our church doesn’t miss a beat. We sing loudly in English and Spanish. And as our voices are lifted high in a language other than our own, we’re getting a little bit more of a glimpse of what the church ought to look like.

So why do we do this?

The kingdom of God
I could list off several reasons why we sing songs in Spanish, but what it ultimately comes down to is our understanding of God’s kingdom.

In Revelation 7:9-12, the Apostle John sees this vision:

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

What does John see? He sees people coming together from every tribe, people, and language to worship God. Now I don’t know if everyone was worshiping in the same language or if they were worshiping in their own native tongue? Are they worshiping in English? Spanish? Arabic? Hebrew? I don’t think it really matters. What matters is that people from all over the world are together worshiping God with one voice.  

This is what the gospel of Jesus does. The beauty of this picture is the people of God are finally and fully united in the finished work of Jesus Christ. There’s no more bickering. No more division. No more fear of people who are not like ourselves in color and language. No. Just the people of God together as one worshiping the God who made each of them, uniquely and diversely, in His image.

When we sing in Spanish, we’re getting just a small taste of this. It’s okay for us to be uncomfortable for a little bit while we sing in a language we’re not familiar with. In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s good because, as we do this, we're physically reminded that the kingdom isn’t about us. We’re reminded that God doesn’t favor one race or people group over another. We’re reminded that He has called people to himself from all over this globe–and He will be until Christ returns.  

As we sing songs in Spanish, I think we’re embracing a reality we’ll be experiencing for eternity. We’re happy to start preparing our hearts for it now.

A Dios sea la gloria!