Does God Care if we use Music to Worship?
Music is something everyone can relate to. We all have our favorite songs and our favorite artists. We blare them in the car or in the shower, or when we're hanging out at the family BBQ. We even use it to help us with our emotions. We have our playlist or mix for when we're down and hurt. And we all can't help but somewhat crack a smile and sing along when Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" comes on. Music is personal to all of us.
Since the day of Pentecost, the history of the body of Christ has seen and taken on many traditions. Some lasting decades, and some only lasting moments. But one tradition that has withstood the test of time and the many generations that have lived since the dawn of the church, is music.
"But one tradition that has withstood the test of time and the many generations that have lived since the dawn of the church, is music."
Music has been apart of the early church since the times of the Old Testament. I mean, we have an entire portion of the bible dedicated to Psalms (meaning music with words to accompany). And even in the New Testament we see the use of music. In Ephesians 5:14, we see Paul reference some text that he has wrote in a very stanza/poetic way and most scholars believe he is quoting a very well known hymn at that time.
That's why we love to sing and play instruments and create music together at Crosspoint Church. Deeply rooted in the lyrics of our worship songs are modern psalms and hymns that we can cry out to God on a deep personal level. And even more than that, we can do it together as one body. When we are edifying as a body of believers, God will always get the glory. That's what singing on a Sunday morning is all about. Coming together on a personal level to become one body to give glory where glory is due to Him, who sits on the throne in Heaven. Your words are more than just shouts of praise to God, they are a response back to Him about who He is. And when we tell God more about who He is, the more He pours himself out on us. As a body, and as individuals.
"Your words are more than just shouts of praise to God, they are a response back to Him about who He is. "
The world was created with just God’s words and the book of James talks about the power of our words as well. When you sing about God's grace and His mercy and His promises in spirit and in truth, you are speaking life into the world. There is something so spectacular about what our words can do and how God designed it all.
Think about when you speak positivity into your life and how you have seen the change. Now imagine if an entire gym full of people did it all together. The body working in one accord. The body unified, singing about the things of God. Our hearts and our city would never be the same.