May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017


Focus Verse: Now these are those whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after the ark rested there. They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order.
1 Chronicles 6:31-32


I am so curious to find out exactly what God’s plan was for music when He created everything. Granted, I am a little biased because I am a musician and Worship Pastor, but no one can question that, theologically, there is biblical evidence for the power of music in spiritual matters. David played music to calm the inner demons within King Saul, Paul and Silas were singing hymns when they were miraculously busted out of jail (even though they didn’t leave), Jehoshaphat sends the praise team into battle before his army…I could go on.


God definitely has a special place for music. Even when we think of how music is used in our lives, you may not be able to remember a sermon word for word, but I bet you remember the words of your favorite worship song. This is why it is so vitally important that we sing songs in church that are lyrically excellent and theologically sound. Don’t get me wrong, the music is important too, but no one in your congregation is going to go home taking about how God was exalted through the tension felt in the diminished triads of your chords (actually, you may have a few in your congregation who recognize that). Now people will feel that tension, just like people will feel the emotional high that comes from a dramatic key change in a song, but it’s not communicating God’s truth to them. This is not an excuse to ignore musical excellence, but a call to exalt biblical truth WITH musical excellence.


Now clearly, David recognized the importance of music here. That’s why he appoints people who do nothing but focus their time and effort on their service of song to the Lord. We need to learn a lesson from this. Music is important. I don’t know why God chose music, but I know He chose it. Music communicates beauty. Beauty cannot be described by science. Music cannot be explained by science. I think music is one of the greatest evidences of a higher power…of God. He gave us art and beauty and creativity and music.


But in the fall, these gifts God has given us have been twisted. For as powerful as a song can be when crafted skillfully – when the musical excellence meets theological truth – the same can happen when we allow music to influence us the other way. When we get the wrong kind of lyrics in our head. I know that I have to guard myself on what kind of music I listen to.


Music is a powerful, powerful tool. Honor God with it! Allow Him to use music to give you peace, to free you, to fight for you. Turn your music and dancing and painting into praise and God will change you!

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