Worship Through Music

1 Praise the Lord!
 Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
 Praise the Lord!

All this month we are focusing on worship through music in our Church Family Roadmap. I am so encouraged how many of you guys have taken advantage of the Church Family Roadmap to disciple in the home and grow in our faith in The Lord. I am especially excited for this month because I believe we all love to worship through music.

There is something about worshiping through music that is just so good and stirs our affections for The Lord in a way that other ways do not. I believe that this is an incredible gift that God gives us to enjoy some incredible things. Here are just a few of them.

Worship through music is unifying. Think about it. When we gather and the music team leads us in singing together it is an invitation to participate as a whole. Where else do we do that? It really doesn’t matter how well we can sing but the point is we do this together. We all participate in a unified action of worship of God. We sing the same words, we carry somewhat the same tune and it collectively draws us to focus on the goodness of God together. It is a reminder that we belong together under God’s care.

Worship through music is an avenue to rest in The Lord. Our days are filled with things that stress us. It may be as simple as trying to plan what we will eat for dinner to pondering how we will deal with a looming illness or tragic turmoil in our lives. Worship through music is a way that God gives us some rest in Him, even for a few moments. It takes our focus off of the troubles of the world and draws us to the peace of God and in that we find rest. I am reminded of the words of the hymn It Is Well With My Soul,  “When peace like a river attendeth my soul”. How refreshing is it when we sing that and our troubles are set aside and reminded of God’s faithfulness.

Worship through music is an incredible witness. When we sing songs and hymns and spiritual songs that are theologically sound and point to God’s glory it is a witness not only to others, but us as well. I love to preach but I also know that many of you leave our worship gatherings singing the songs we sang more than quoting what the preacher said. Music is an invaluable gift that God uses to teach us good theology and about the Gospel. It is a source of teaching and discipleship that we should handle with care but also embrace.

I don’t want us to pigeonhole worship into simply what we do through music but I don’t want us to neglect the immeasurable gift that worship through music is either. So let us sing and worship and take advantage of the immense gift that God gives us through worship through music.

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