The Bible says in Ephesians 5:19 "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;" In Colossians 3:16 we read "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Music Speaks to the Mind (the Heart) I Samuel 16:23 "And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him." Music is very powerful in its effect on the human emotions
Music Sets the Mood. How would the Bride know to come down the aisle without the wedding march? Visit a restaurant that plays background music during meal time. Make a visit on two separate occasions. Arrive during off peak hours when the crowd is slim and notice the background music. Most likely it will be soft, easy listening music that creates a very relaxed atmosphere. But visit that same restaurant during peak hour and you will find the music now is much more upbeat and up tempo subliminally encouraging patrons to hurry. Notice the next time you are driving how your speed subconsciously is controlled by the speed of the music on the radio. Music truly has a powerful influence.
Music is Sanctioned by the Maker. There are 153 references in the King James Bible to preaching. There are 393 references to singing. Look at the characteristics of a Spirit-Filled believer in Ephesians 5:19 - "singing and making melody" When David was brought up out of the horrible pit, God put a song in his mouth.
The purpose of music in the worship service is to spread the story of Christ through song, to strengthen the Saints of God, and to allow the Servants to Share their gift that God has given them.
Music is one of God's gifts, both man and angels have been blessed with the ability to make music (Genesis 4:21; Job 38:7)
Psalm 95:1-2 is one of the best proof text for the purpose of music. "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms."
In the New Testament, in the book of Acts, Paul and Silas sang praises to God.
In the book of Psalms we are encouraged to "sing praises with understanding" (Psalm 47:7) we are exhorted to "play skillfully with a loud noise" - God likes it LOUD) We are expected to "Sing to the Lord" (Psalm 95:1)
It should be kept in mind that music is to be played and sang with understanding, in other words, the music should not overpower or drown out the voices. The Bible says in I Corinthians 14:40 "Let all things be done decently and in order." Since all things should be done decently and in order, music should not be chaotic or frenzied. Since it is to be sung with understanding, neither the voices nor the guitars should be screaming.
Some carnal saved folks (carnal Christian is a contradictory time, Christian means Christ-like, there was and is nothing carnal about Christ) try to justify there carnal, worldly music and lyric use (even in Church) with I Corinthians 9:22 where Paul said that he became "...all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." but this does not mean that Paul was disobedient to God's Word and God's Way, this simply meant that he adapted to the cultural customs or styles that were acceptable to those he ministered to without compromising the Word of God.
The Church of today seems to be changing their style of Worship to the modern day "Praise and Worship" and it is an undeniable fact the Church Worship means and methods have changed over the last several hundred years. The "Old Time" worship of today would have been considered contemporary two hundred years ago, so what is the answer? My answer to that is simple, the methods of worship that I use today and was brought up in still works for me. The phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" fully applies. I don't need to change my methods of worship, they work, and they work well.
For over 25 years my wife and I worked with the Concord Revival Choir and one of the things that we concentrated on was song selection. We did our best to promote "old fashioned" singing hymns and spiritual songs.
All of the songs that the Revival choir has recorded are available on our website in 4-part SATB sheet music. They can be purchased and downloaded immediately. If you are in need of "good old fashioned" Gospel sheet music you can find it at Church Choir Music
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