Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Sound of Music

There are some that argue that music is not powerful in itself. Some denominations also believe that music has no place in the worship service. It is pertinent that the words that are written for gospel songs are accurate and scripturally sound. We must not mistake the function of music that comes by the inspiration of the Lord. The role of music in the dance ministry must not be taken for granted.

We can discern the spirit behind the music by observation of the people. When we are in a worship setting, music should not inspire people to emulate seductive movements upon hearing it played. Just as dance ministers are admonished to have a relationship with the Lord, musicians must know Him as well. If the church service transitions from praise and worship into a club-like atmosphere, we must explore what it is about the music that causes people to divert. Opinions of men do not matter. When we study the Word of God, we will be more careful to offer music that brings glory to Him and does not move the flesh.

Music can be used in a prophetic manner. Music can accompany healing. Music is used in conjunction with dancing. Music is offered as praise unto the Lord. Music is used to aid people in remembering the Word of the Lord. Music is not to be worshipped, it is to be used in the manner for which it is created. When we take care to select or create music that honors God, the ministry of movement will flow with ease and effectiveness on an even greater level.

2 Kings 3:15 (NKJV)
But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

1 Samuel 10:5 (NKJV)
After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying.

1 Chronicles 23:5 (NKJV)
Four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised the LORD with musical instruments, “which I made,” said David, “for giving praise.”

1 Chronicles 25:1-3 (NKJV)
Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And the number of the skilled men performing their service was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king. Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the LORD.

Psalm 150:4 (NKJV)
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

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