When in our music God is glorified
Recently I shared with my friends on Facebook that the most meaningful worship songs engage both my mind and my emotions. I then asked the following questions… “What are 2-3 new songs that have been meaningful in your private worship time with Jesus? What are 2-3 new songs that have been meaningful in your public worship time with your Church Family?”
I received 75 distinct song titles from 22 individuals (five of which got two votes). It was good to hear which songs from “the good old days” have stuck around to continue to mean so much to people and which songs from the last decade have risen to the top. Most of all, I valued hearing what songs people are using to in their private worship time with Jesus.
While music is a great tool both for evangelism and congregational spiritual formation, we often forget the power of a song to move our emotions and guide our thoughts toward God. Sometimes it is simply the beauty of the melody, poetry or accompaniment. Other times it is the content of the song that directs our minds toward the character of God, the state of the world, and the mission that we have been given.
While I often use this article to talk about church activities and ministries, I just wanted to remind you to keep your daily worship time with God both fresh and meaningful. Let prayer, God’s Word, and music all cause you to treasure Christ more deeply each day. In the words of Fred Pratt Green…
When in our music God is glorified,
And adoration leaves no room for pride,
It is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia!
How oft, in making music, we have found
A new dimension in the world of sound
As worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!
Let ev'ry instrument be tuned for praise;
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise,
And may God give us faith to sing always: Alleluia!