Musical Ministry

In this article, I‘m not thinking of people doing a musical ministry. Rather, I’m thinking of music ministering to us. God gave good music to enjoy, to bless us, encourage us, relax us, motivate us. Nevertheless, as pointed out in yesterday’s article, Satan has used music to his own ends. What guidelines might we use to escape the devil’s corruption? First, as to secular music, is it free from worldly values, swearing, profanity, immoral lyrics, etc? Next, regarding Godly music, is it Scriptural and does the content come through the musical accompaniment? Here are some helpful thoughts: If music moves the body but doesn’t move the heart and mind to worship and obey God, it’s not ministering to you. If the beat eclipses the message, something’s very wrong! Does it motivate you to love and honor God? Does it have resolution (wholesome climax)? Both sacred and secular music should not leave you hanging but move you in a good direction. Another caution: If you enjoy secular music more than sacred music, you are out of balance. Good secular music can be enjoyed. Godly music will edify you, Spiritually. Some so-called sacred music is far more man-centered than God-centered. That kind is, at best, not helpful. At worst, it can lead you to focus on self and not on God. In Ephesians 5:18, we are admonished to: “….be (being) filled with the Spirit.” Some of the results of, and indications of, being filled are mentioned in Verse 19: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Isaac Watts speaks about music in his hymn, “We’re Marching to Zion.” He wrote: “Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; join in a song with sweet accord and thus surround the throne. Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the Heavenly King may speak their joys abroad. Then let our songs abound and every tear be dry; we’re marching through Immanuel’s ground, to fairer worlds on high.” Selah! Even Christians that have little or no musical ability can sing out loud and/or in their hearts and be blessed by Godly music!   Ron

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