God Hears Our Music

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    Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”

    Theological Reflection

    Indeed, there may be no greater activity at the center of worship than music.  Singing and worship have been connected since God first select Israel as His covenant people.

    Speaking to one another; this has the meaning of teaching and admonishing one another. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”

    In reference to the “Palms”; it probably refers to the Psalter, which has been a source of Christian music since the early days of the church.  “Hymns” may refer to chants (taken from the Bible) that were used in church services.  And “spiritual songs,” may denote songs born out of the heart, soul, mind, or experience of the believer.

    For Israel, music was the natural response to God’s interactions (saving events) in their lives.  The psalmist declared, “Come let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extort him with music and song.”(Palms 95:1)

    God has give us worship, praise, and music as an expression of our joy in the Lord. But, above all, we make music in worship because God is delighted with us, as we respond in this manner to his great salvation. 

    Music, like praise and worship is the product of a thankful heart.

    Prayer

    Lord Jesus, your word says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” 

    Lord, we praise and worship you!  You are eyes to the blind, you are the voice of the voiceless; you are the Good Shepard, you are the King of Kings, you are the Truth and the Light of the World.  You are our hope, our joy, and our salvation. We thank you for being our God and Savior with all our heart, mind, and soul. Lord, with music in our hearts, we worship and praise you Lord. In Jesus name we pray.  Amen