Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A starting point....
Whenever I have been engaged in a conversation regarding music, inevitably, the final question is does music really matter? The short answer is, yes music matters greatly to God, and is also vital to worship, but there is another question that needs to be examined and that is whether or not a person’s music is just or right or pleasing to God the Father. All throughout the Bible, God indicates for his children the proper and improper way to show homage. Churches today, and many believers, are not defining themselves by what denomination they affiliate with, but with the type of music they involve themselves with and what type of music a particular church offers. God’s children today are more interested in attending churches that offer the type of music that appeals to their flesh. Lord willing, this series will allow illumination into the fact that the Bible conveys that worship must be from the heart and if the wrong type of music is in that heart, God does not accept that worship, even if that person is sincere.
Any time there is a discussion about an area of the Christian walk, there is something else that doesn’t always come to the forefront of the conversation. The Christian walk includes all areas of life, and they all have one thing in common, that they are really an issue of the heart. It’s true that some people have preferences for Godly music and just enjoy the old hymns of the faith and it’s also true that some people don’t seem to even have that much of a concern for the music they choose, because it’s just music. God says in his word in 2 Peter 1:3 that believers have all they need for life and Godliness.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
I think it is safe to say that music is a big part in our lives. Worship involves sacrifice of our self and worship also involves Godly music, among many other things. Worship also involves humility of heart before an almighty God. The Lord seeks the believer’s heart whenever that believer worships the Lord. One of the motivations for this book is to make believers aware that God only accepts worship that is from the heart, but in addition to that, worship that is pleasing and glorifying to almighty God, who is more than worthy to be praised!
Some books that I have read regarding music and even some messages that I have listened to, the author or Pastor began talking about music, from a musical standpoint or simply from an earthly perspective. It had always been in the forefront of my desire to present this issue from the Bible’s perspective first and foremost. All the chapters are backed by scripture, even when discussing the earthly aspects of music. As was mentioned earlier, the real issue, in any area of the Christian life, is the heart and God’s Word is the only discerner of man’s heart. Hebrews 4:12 states:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.