“A glad heart makes a cheerful face.”
Music is a sweet salve for the soul.
When I am troubled, restless, or in a really rotten mood, the best thing I can do for the world is to put a song in my heart.
When my heart smiles, so does my face.
The Christian Church has had plenty of arguments over music. What God intended to be a blessing for the soul, we have made into a battleground.
The best form of worship is praise. The best way to praise God is to sing His praises. When you are praising God the style, form, shape, and beat of the music becomes incidental.
I have been searching the Bible and still cannot find the verse that says God prefers one form of praise music over another. Considering the decibel level of arguments in the Christian Church about music, there has to be a verse which I am missing.
The first song in the Bible was The Song of Moses:
I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (1)
God had just freed Moses and the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. They were filled with gratefulness and joy. There was no time to discuss whether to sing to organ, guitar, piano, or drums. The people were so happy they broke out into song.
Moses’ song sustained the people for 40 years.
I took a peek at the Book of Revelation. Guess what the agenda is for heaven. No sports, no political debates, no trips to the shore are mentioned. The only thing we know for sure is that we will be gathered in worship around God’s throne, singing God’s praise.
Here’s what they were singing:
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (2)
There are no musical notes about instrumentation.
The instructions are simple, just sing praise.
Heaven will be a happy place! Praise God!
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The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Exodus 15:1–2.
he Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Revelation 4:8 and 11.