Music and songs are created by God to worship Him, giving Him glory, honor and praise. Psalm 98:4-7 says “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.” God has given us the ability to create beautiful music and rich harmonies to be an appreciative response to all that He has done for us! I would even suggest that these “new songs” are to be in response to the “new mercies” (Lamentations 3:23) we see each day we are blessed to open our eyes.
While playing music and singing songs are ways to worship the Lord, we must understand that God desires and seeks it. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) We can also see Christ’s desire for worship in the story of the “Ten Lepers” from Luke 17:12-19 where it says “As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” By Jesus asking the healed foreigner “Where are the other nine?”, we see that He desired the same (loud and expressive) praise from the other healed men. As servants of Christ specifically in worship ministry, lets remember that the Lord truly wants, but more overly expects our praise and worship.
Songs keep the message of Christ in our hearts which means they also help us submit to the Lord in our daily walk, resisting the enemy (James 4:7). Through songs we can develop and maintain a heart of humility. Colossians 3:16 says “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Wisdom is found in the scriptures and the songs that we sing to the Lord are scripturally based. Therefore, through music, I learn scriptural content that builds my faith “in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Suggested Prayer: Lets thank the Lord for creating music and songs (instruments, providing our musical abilities and our voices, melody and harmony, words through scripture) for us to sing to Him with hearts of gratitude. Ask God to keep your hearts and minds focused on the message of Christ. Pray that it dwells in you richly so that you will always recognize His goodness and never forget to worship Him for it. Finally, with hearts of humility, thank God for using you to lead others closer to Him through music.
GAVIN MCKINLEY DAVIS
WORSHIP LEADER | MCLEAN BIBLE CHURCH