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Whether we call it discouragement, despondency, or a dark night of the soul, these words describe someone who has been overwhelmed by their present circumstances to the point of hopelessness and despair. What can we do when our circumstances seem hopeless and God seems far away? David was there, in a physical and spiritual desert, in Psalm 63. He longed for God’s presence, but God seemed far away. So, perhaps surprisingly, David chose to worship. As David worshiped in the present, he remembered the past. He remembered God’s character. He remembered God’s help. As David remembered the past, he was assured of deliverance in the future. From David, we learn to worship God in our own spiritual deserts. Worship God by clinging to Him in relationship and desperation. Worship God by choosing to sing to Him in remembrance and faith.
The Bluegrass Bretheren present the Gospel through Bluegrass Music
How will you be remembered? Can you handle success with grace and integrity? Can you maintain a commitment to what is a priority in your life when the demands of your job or sports or hobbies are seeking to devour you? Can you handle the worst that life can bring and do it with dignity? David, though he was anointed king, does not shove Saul out of his seat. He will wait on the Lord who is never early nor is He late. David will in humility worship the Lord and stay focused on His calling as he serves the others around him to the praise of his God.
Preaching is the chief means of the church’s proclamation. However, this does not mean that it is the exclusive means of the church’s proclamation. Proclamation through music is also a powerful way the church proclaims—as a means of response/gratitude— “the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” Martin Luther considered music so important that he wrote, “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.” The Bible is full of references to music and exhortations to sing. There are more than six hundred references to music in the Bible. What then is the role of music in the corporate worship and witness of the church? Why does the church gather corporately to sing? Consider briefly, the following six functions of music in the worship and witness of the church.
Dr. Ralph Kerr talks about the annual Christmas wars in the public schools - nowhere is that more pronounced than when it comes to Christian-themed music.
Music and singing in the church is to exalt God and thereby edifies the church. The history of music and singing among God's people in corporate worship reveals that excellence was established. This was not elitist; it was commanded by God (1Chron. 23 & 25). The content of the songs was God's word and thus fed God's people on rich theology. The best music and songs for the church have always been marked by this character.
Before the fall of the Soviet Union, American missionaries would set up Christian radio stations along the Soviet border and transmit the Gospel into the communist territory. For the four brothers of the Russian-born band Everfound, who immigrated to Denver, Colorado when they were young children, this is part of how their parents learned about Jesus Christ. Their ancestors’ commitment to their faith resulted in hardships that are difficult for the band to imagine but now serve as their primary inspiration. Their great-grandfather spent 20 years in prison for owning a Bible. Sonny chats with Everfound lead singer Nikita about their journey and their debut self-titled album in this interview.
7:17 worship service on June 2. The Matthew Road Baptist Church choirs present the musical Experiencing God, along with a message from Daniel on Matthew 11.