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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.
When you come to worship the Lord on a Sunday morning, does it ever move you with joy? I'm not necessarily talking about the moment of a lifetime, but does it affect you at all? It should. In Psalm 47, we see how Israel celebrated their conquering king. We also learn from the praise of the nations that God deserves universal praise because He is universal king. So, let us celebrate our Savior King for who He is and what He has done. Celebrate together with God's people. Celebrate emotionally. Celebrate in song.
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.
Music has played an important part in every culture since the dawn of time. In older times people would gather as fellow travelers and sing by a campfire. Later it was families gathered around the hearth in front of a fire. Then around a piano. Still later around a radio. Today, the existence of headphones means that the music experience has totally changed. People tend to experience music on their own. But they still sing. In the lives of God’s people, music plays an important part. It is not just for entertaining or passing the time. We sing to teach each other and encourage each other. And we sing to praise God for who He is and what He is doing. Today, in our story in Exodus, we see the Israelites singing with great joy and celebration because of God’s amazing work of deliverance. It calls us to look at our own response to the amazing work of God that continues to this day.
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.