Posted by: missionventureministries | December 21, 2017

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT TRUE WORSHIP MUSIC? – Psalm 95:1-6

What kind of music is appropriate for the worship service in the church? Here are some thoughts before we go to some questions and answers below.  

Can churches honor God in the music they use? In order to answer this question correctly, we must begin by observing the principles of the Word of God. No personal preference or cultural tendency can be our guide. Even in the area of ​​music, Scripture must be our authority. 

Below are questions that pastors and church leaders, along with the entire congregation, should ask about the worship music that is used in their church. Taken directly from biblical principles, these questions may not answer each specific case, but they provide a theological checklist to examine the music of the church. 

  • Is the music in your church focused on God? Without question, true worship should be centered on God (Exodus 20:3-6), because He is the only One worthy of praise (Psalm 148:13). He is our exalted King and He must be the center of our devotion.

Since the purpose of church music is to provide a vehicle for worship, it must be focused on God instead of being centered on man.

Because biblical worship demands a God-centered approach, the music of the church must begin and end with Him. 

  • Does the music in your church promote a high perspective of God? Music that is worthy must promote a correct and exalted perspective of who He is (see Isaiah 40:12-26). Through Scripture, all who have met the living God were radically changed. There is nothing ordinary about the God they saw or the trembling response of complete worship they gave. Our music then must clearly convey the majesty, the glory, and the honor of God (Romans 11:33-36, Revelation 14:7). 
  • Is the music in your Church done in orderly fashion? The God we serve is a God of order. This is seen most clearly in His creation of the world, when He gave it shape and function (Genesis 1). It is not surprising, then, that the apostle Paul would send the Corinthians the directive that in the church “all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). 

Senseless emotionalism more accelerated by repetition becomes ritualistic paganism, just as Matthew 6:7 warns us not to use vain repetitions as the heathen do.  

  • Does the content of the music in your church sound biblical? A song that is biblically inaccurate, out of context will only hinder the spiritual growth of those who sing it. 

While instrumental music is certainly appropriate during the worship service (2 Chronicles 5:13), let them not overpower the voices and become the center of attention and a show. We need to bear in mind that worship music has the purpose to deepen the biblical and theological understanding of the congregation. 

  • Does the music in your church promote unity? The main goal of music in the church is to worship God. If we have unity with God we will have unity with each other (Philippians 2:1-2). 
  • Is the music of your church performed with excellence? The music of the church, along with everything we do, must be done for the glory and honor of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). As our perfect Teacher and loving Father, He certainly deserves the best we can offer Him.  

Music that is not sincere and is a self seeking performance, is not worship, and God sees it as pure noise (Amos 5:23).  

  • Do you prepare the music of your church for the preaching of the Word of God? It is only through the Word of God that we can learn about Him; it is only through the Bible that God reveals himself to us. The Scripture, then, must be the centerpiece of our bodily worship, providing His message to us in the lyrics of the song.  
  • Does the music of your church include the gospel of Jesus Christ? The church, as an assembly of Christians, must give a good testimony to be seen by the world. Peter exhorts us to “proclaim the excellencies” of God (1 Peter 2:9). The music of the church, then, must be a wonderful witness of the greatness of our Lord and Savior; and it must not tarnish its reputation or confuse the unconverted as the gospel teaches. 
  • Does the music of your church promote a Holy Spirit filled worship? As already mentioned before, church music should be focused on God, reverently presenting Him in all His majesty. At the same time, it should never be dull, since as we read in Revelation 4 and 5, heaven, is the most exiting place of all where the primary occupation is worshipping the Lord.  

As long as we maintain proper respect for God, biblical worship is always overflowing with personal enthusiasm of Christ’s adoration. However, we need to keep in mind that our enthusiasm must always be expressed in an orderly manner and with a controlled Spirit.  

We need to be aware that even though numerous opinions and preferences exist in today’s churches, that the true church of Christ will have its music based on biblical principles. Church leaders should not simply stick to certain standards because this has always been done that way. They must not blindly allow some kind of music to be played in their church services. They should be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and determine the biblical principles that adhere to correct music in worship at their church.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord:

Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,

And make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, And a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the deep places of the earth:

The strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his, and he made it:

And his hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down:

Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Psalm 95:1-6

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