Music and the Church

Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,  praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,  praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. (Psalm 150)

In the Bible, the first song happened when God laid the foundations of the earth and the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy. Human worship of Yahweh began with the sons of Adam offering burnt offerings to Creator God. Moses sings the first recorded human song proclaiming the power and might of God in Exodus, when God defeats the oppressors of His people.  When the Israelites went against Jericho, there was the playing of instruments and shouting. Later, David, the warrior-king of Israel, would write many battle hymns–the Psalms. Music has ever since played a part in the worship services of the oft oppressed people of God. In heaven, in eternity, saints are singing new songs to our God.

What is the place of  music the life of a believer?

It is a corporate affirmation of what is proclaimed in the preaching. Music is a creaturely response to a mind blowing creator. It is a means of declaring the goodness and power of God to the earth. It is a means of corporately calling the peoples of the earth to Kiss the Son, and proclaiming His victory over all things.  It is also a means of throwing off oppression, of overcoming depression (put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness), and dispelling darkness (King Saul).

How?

Mentioned in the Psalms are: Music, singing, dance, clapping, shouting, proclaiming, playing of instruments, singing new songs, singing in your bed, singing in the early hours, singing in the congregation, and walking around all the time with songs of praise in your mouth.

So, whether you do it with an electric guitar and rocking drumbeat or exclusively sing the Psalms, Praise the Lord! (all the time- in your house, with a mouse, on your bed, in your head, in the congregation…you get the point). The Lord inhabits the praises of His people.

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