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Yesterday, aside from a bit of a rant about paid choirs in churches, I started to answer the question, why do we sing in church.

The main reason for the singing we do in church is because God inhabits praise, and one of the main reasons for gathering in the first place is the presence of the Father.

Don’t misunderstand me please. I know church is about more that seeking the presence of God. We meet together to make disciples, to sharpen one another, love one another and do all those other wonderful one anothers.

Most churches call what they do on Sunday mornings a worship service, so it should be safe to assume there is at least an underlying desire for the presence of Father in our gatherings.

We saw yesterday that this is the main reason we sing, to enter His presence.

The second reason is almost a corollary to the first.

When the Father is present the word has more of an ability to transform us.

I would never take away from the ability of the eternally anointed Word of God to transform men and women in a vacuum. But as God inhabits our praises, and allows us through His gates and into His courts, His Spirit is better able to quicken our hearts to His word. [Tweet This]

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. - 1 Corinthians 2:14 NASB

The Word of God left to the natural mind can create Pharisees while the Word of God in the hands (or voice) of the Spirit of God transforms men from brute beasts to supernatural soldiers.

It is the expressed mission of the Spirit to, well –

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. - John 14:26 NASB

and

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. - John 16:13 NASB

And all this stirring – this quickening – this anointing comes when we enter the presence of the Lord.

Back to church-

We sing praises and adoration - it ushers us into the presence of the Lord. We open the Word of the Lord in His presence and our eyes are opened.

It’s a great plan.

It works at home too – take some time to seek the face of the Father as you ready your mind and Spirit to open His word.

Lord – you are magnificent – your deeds are past finding out. Open our eyes to your wonderful Word today.

BN Writers Page 150See you again soon

Ben

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After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. - Matthew 26:30 NASB

So why do we sing in church?

Does the singing of songs – hymns – worship music – serve any purpose?

Do we do it because we always have?

Is there some purpose for the songs we sing?

I know that not everyone get’s the 'why' behind church music. I am sure that many of those ‘doing’ the church music don’t even get the real reason behind such traditions.

I worked with a man once who was a singer. He heard me whistling the tune of some wonderful old hymn and asked me if I was a ___________ (fill in name of denomination here – I forget which one he named.) I replied with some self-righteous retort like – no just a Christian.

I found out that he sang in a church choir, and found that interesting because I had been singing in church choirs for decades, but this man was not, as far as I could see, a Christian. (Thankfully it’s not my job to actually decide such thing, or I would be in a heap of trouble.) After a bit of conversation – comparing notes about what parts we sing and musical preferences he said “You should come audition. The pay is good for a Sunday morning’s work.”

Then it dawned on me. He was a paid choir member for a church that wanted really great choir music to adorn their beautiful building and lovely meetings.

Hey – don’t get me wrong – I am not against paid staff in a church setting, and folks who serve the Lord in our midst getting paid to do it – not at all.

But when I hear of a paid choir, made up of folks who have no more interest in God than – hmmm – better not say that or I will be apologizing again – well – than these people singing in the choir – some of whom don’t even know God – they are not part of the body of Christ in that congregation. They sing passionately because they are paid to. Their only connection to the church is on a W2 or 1099.

They, these churches, these folks, are missing the point and purpose of music in church.

King David was a singer. He learned that music and lyrics that praised and adored God were keys for a sinful man when trying to gain access to a holy God.

Check out this old familiar Psalm:

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before Him with joyful singing.

Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him,
bless His name.

For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

Psalms 100 – NASB

Right in the midst of all this great advice, we have a few instructions on how to approach the presence of the Lord

Come before Him with joyful singing.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.

As we approach him, singing to Him – singing praises to Him – He opens the gates, allows us into His courts.

In another place David says of the Lord

Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. - Psalms 22:3 NASB

The KJV uses the phrase “inhabit the praises.

Understand that God is drawn to praise, God is attracted to thanksgiving, He dwells in our joyful shouting. [Tweet This]

Oh believe me, you can’t fake this – it’s not like you can utter sweet and empty lies, or you will hear the voice of Jesus:

'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. - Matthew 15:8 NASB

So today – stir yourself up, command your soul like David did:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. - Psalms 103:1 NASB

There is more to the reason - come back tomorrow for another reason for music in church - but for now...

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for stopping in.

See you again soon.

Ben

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