For my first blog post of the semester, I was assigned to write about the Biblical perspectives of music and determine how it should or shouldn’t be used in worship.
There are many instances in the Bible where music is used to praise the Lord. In Chronicles 23:5, David says, “Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.” This verse goes to show that even then, people thought music should be used in worship. In my opinion, music is a huge part of praise. When I go to church, usually the first thing that really catches my attention is the music. Being a musician, music can move me and speak to me in ways nothing else can. It can be incredibly touching, and if a song opening up a church service makes me want to raise my hands and sing at the top of my lungs, it’s much more likely to catch my attention long enough to stay very interested in whatever sermon I’m listening to that day. If I hear the same 2 hymnals every time I go to church, it won’t keep my interest long. If you play even just one song that sends chills down my spine and really makes me realize in that particular moment how amazing my God is, that’s really all it takes for me. I wouldn’t want to go to a church service where we don’t all join together at the beginning to sing together and praise our Father together. It’s one thing to all be in the same building at the same time learning about the same God. But there’s something truly special about having the opportunity to communicate and join up together to proclaim our love and gratefulness for our God.
“We sing Hallelujah, the Lamb has overcome.”-Kari Jobe, Forever