Using music as an
Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 1:39 am
The Messenger. 11.20.08 Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association Eternal God is worthy of worship. Jesus said the Father seeks for us to worship Him in Spirit and truth (John 4:23). Worship is proclaiming His “worth” to us. Hence, there are many avenues by which we can endeavor to declare our love, adoration, praise and appreciation to God. At best, all we do seems inadequate, for His mercy and grace are of more value than mere words can accomplish. The first requirement for worship is that it be sincere, from the heart and pure in motivae. Aany attempt at worship that draws more attention to the worshiper than it does to God is unacceptable. God alone is the object of genuine worship. The Bible speaks of many forms of worship that God delights in. Some forms may be unfamiliar to us and our traditions, but perhaps we should examine the validity and appropriateness of them. Personally, I long for many ways to glorify God for Who He is and all He has done for me. Many of the Psalms refer to clapping the hands, shouting and dancing. The use of musical instruments and singing were also common in Israel’s worship. Lifting our voices in singing the great hymns of the faith proclaim many great spiritual truths and uplift the spirits of the ones singing. The more modern choruses and praise music express praise for the attributes of God in a fresh way. Enthusiastic singing and music honors God, edifies believers and attracts unbelievers. Many people have been drawn to God by the power of a gospel song, and countless saints have been encouraged and comforted by them. Truly, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) God loves to hear you sing, regardless of how you evaluate your voice. I can worship God when I am alone or when I join others in “making melody in our hearts to the Lord.” And yes, I have clapped my hands and shouted when His Spirit seemed so real. I have a desire to someday dance before the Lord as David did. To some individuals God gives talents to sing exceptionally well and the ability to play musical instruments. If you have been blessed in these ways, remember who gave you these talents. Use them for God’s glory. “Sing unto the Lord a new song, play skillfully with a loud noise.” (Psalm 33:3) Wayne McLean Director of Senior Ministries Union City First Church Of God 415 South Miles Ave.