“David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with songs and with with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals. ” (2nd Samuel 6:5)
Worship is not casual or incidental. It involves the whole being—-here, with all their might. Stringed and percussion instruments were used. Musical celebration is one way of expressing thanksgiving and joy to God. Music helps God’s people celebrate His actions for us. It is not the central point of worship, but it is an integral part of worship.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we honor our ability to incorporate music into our worship services, to celebrate all of the blessings You have bestowed upon us and it helps us Abba to enter the worship experience with a celebratory attitude towards You and all of what You do on our behalf. Today also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Never lose an opportunity to seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
“The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.” (Isaiah 38:20)
Hezekiah promised to praise God in Temple worship accompanied by music for the rest of his life. Such vows are a common part of worship celebrating or looking forward to God’s deliverance. Music enhances our worship of God, but should never take the place of worship.
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:19-20)
Music played a strong role in the worship of the early church. Praise and thanksgiving were expressed through music. The early church learned to worship God with thanksgiving for everything. A grateful heat is necessary for worship, as it reflects our true faith and hope in Christ Jesus.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“These are the men David put in charge of he music in he house of the Lord after the ark came to rest there. They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them. ” (1st Chronicles 6:30-32)
We do not know when music began to be used in worship. The record of elaborate musical arrangements in this chapter, led by King David, himself, reveals the prominent place given to music in Israel’s worship. The Book of Psalms records much of the music of Jewish worship. Many songs were sung antiphonally (one group answering another group in song. Various types of musical instruments accompanied worship. No doubt music is worship has done much o guard the vitality of worship against the deadening effects of formalism. As early as Exodus 15:1-21 Moses, Miriam, and the Israelites sang a song to the Lord. Deborah and Barak say a song to the Lord (Judges 5:1-31).
Music expresses the emotions of God’s people as they worship Him. Music was important in the worship of the early church (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). When the disciples celebrated the first Lord’s Supper, hey concluded their worship with a hymn (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). Singing characterized the dramatic worship experience of Paul and Silas in the Philippians jail (Acts 16:25). A dear friend told me one time that though I could not sing, I made up for that fact with overwhelming joy springing forth from my heart, as the Holy Spirit leads me in song, and I praise God for the gift. How about you???