Music in the fellowship of believers who are gathered to meet with Jesus Christ is multidimensional. It captures the attention of those who hear it. It touches the hearts and minds of those who participate in it. It unites a group of individuals into a single being, a single body.
King David of Israel used music to soothe a tormented King Saul. King David used it to celebrate the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He used it to celebrate God. He used it to heal his emotions. He used it to teach about God and to praise God.
Music is God’s gift to mankind, and it is powerful. Angels do not sing. They did not sing to the shepherds at the birth of Christ. They were not a Western Union singing telegram. They spoke.
Luke 2:12-14, (NIV)
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
(Yes, check the King James Version. It does not translate Greek with the word singing either.)
I. Music Is a Celebration of Salvation
People need to celebrate the good things of life. The greatest good thing of life is salvation from eternal death and Hell. So many hymns, choruses, and other genres of Christian music celebrate salvation. Other themes are fellowship, eternal life, brotherhood, and evangelism.
II. Music Is a Shout of Praise to God (and a Public Bragging on God)
Praise is the expression of approval and admiration. In the context of a Christian gathering, it is the expression of approval and admiration for God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is the expression of approval for eternal life, for the forgiveness of Sin, and for the blessings that flow from God.
III. Music is the Expression of Thanks
God loves to hear a genuine expression of thanks for His love, and music is a grand way to give thanks to God. It is a pleasant aroma in Heaven.
IV. Music Is a Joy Expressed
When we sense the realness of the Human Dilemma of
Having lost our birthright,
Being consigned to God’s garbage dump called Hell,
Then being saved from that fate by the courageous and loving act of our surrogate, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ,
well, our heart swells with wonder and joy. There is a real joy in being saved from our fate. Joy needs to be expressed and celebrated. Music is a component of that celebration.
V. Music is a Teacher of Truth
Hymns and choruses teach Biblical truths. What a way to entrench truth into the heart and mind! Musical statements are hard to forget. They come to mind during times of hardship, trial, joy, and confusion. The classic hymns of the Christian Hymn Book taught wonderful biblical values and truths.
God gave us the gift of music. Let us use it to bind our hearts and minds together in mutual joy over our Great Salvation. Let us use it to teach God’s Word. Let us use it to calm our troubled souls. Let us use it to praise the Lord!##