Sunday, February 28, 2021

God Hears Our Music

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

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Rev. Small realized God was present in his life as a child, and grew into an adult with a passion for knowing and understanding God, people and the difficulties of life. Rev. Small soon can to know Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has he experienced the storms, trails, and tribulations of life as a Black man in America. Rev. Stephen C. Small survived numerous demonic assaults on his life, which gave meaning to God’s grace and mercy. Rev. Small reasoned that God’s presence in the world gives hope, meaning and purpose; it is the essence of learning, love and relationships. Rev. Small humbled himself and opened his heart and mind to listening, learning and obeying God. On sabbatical from a business career, Rev. Small earned a Biblical Studies degree, and Master of Divinity. Rev. Small’s faith and dedication to serving God is the reason he created Trueword Ministry; TWM’s website as an evangelism tool, designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to Africans, African Descendants and the entire human race.

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