The Language of Worship
Yesterday I was in a conversation with some choir members regarding music. The Topic was a discussion concerning Secular versus Christian music. Music is a language that translates emotions, feelings and it also reveals that which we worship. Music can glorify Self, Problems or God but that is dependent on the lyrics to a song. As a worshiper, I thought to myself that we are losing a generation to hype and sounds because they do not listen to the words being spoken in the lyrics of these songs.
I found a clip from P4CM about two teens that decided to stop listening to Secular music and their thoughts. Check it out.
I personally have stopped meditating on and listening to music that does not fill my spirit. I’m not saying people should do what I do, but that’s where I am in my walk with God. Can I say that I am avoiding it all completely???…Well no because when you go to a clothes store you’ll hear music playing in the background and sometimes it’s unwholesome but as long as I don’t meditate on such music, it has no power to contaminate my spirit.
The way I see it, not all secular music is bad but the songs that promote immorality in their lyrics are what we have to watch out for and listen for as well. We cannot afford to be passive hearers of music and not listen to what is being sung in the lyrics at all.
Music is a language that becomes a form of worship by the way we respond to it. Is it truly a wonder how we can get a packed stadium when Usher Raymond, Beyonce, Rhianna or Katy perry come to sing? What they sing with the beat of the music stimulates our senses to gravitate to their songs and when people become fans, they have translated their love of music as a form of worship to the person singing the song. What people choose to idolize is who they end up worshiping. If God doesn’t receive the same level of worship as a famous singer, then there is definitely something wrong with how we are translating how we worship God through music. Music is a powerful force but it is the language we need to fine tune so that we give God all the Glory, all the honor and all the praise.
Music speaks to our heart and therefore is written from the heart. The reason we always concern ourselves with “The heart of worship” is because that’s where all worship comes from; our hearts. Also consider that when you worship God, you also capture His Heart. When a heart is moved, everything becomes possible. Healing and deliverance becomes easy because the heart is moved to believe. So today think about what it is that you worship from the very depths of your heart and consider that to some extent we have failed to give our 100% to the Lord. Think about what it is that is hindering you from giving your 100% level of worship and consider that worship is such a strong language that it can mobilize people into one mind, one voice and one worship to one Superior God, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Think about these things daily with much consideration and have a blessed day everybody!
I have here a song by Terry MacAlmon called Captivate My Heart.
Scriptures to Meditate
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus[a] the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
Order in Church Meetings
26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
[ Prayer and Thanksgiving for the LORD’s Righteous Judgments ] To the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
[ Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice ] Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.