Psalm 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
Music is not worship. They’re not synonymous. Music is music, and worship is worship. Please understand that. Today, “going to worship” is defined by music most of the time. Having a “worship service” is expressed by praise and prayer, and this is still not worship. Enjoying and being inspired by the Christian music listened too is not worship. There are many other acts of worship, and honestly they are not worship. Music is a means to express worship, and hopefully lead you in an experience. But I know, this is not God’s true acceptable worship.
Praise and Worship is not a mood. It will lead you to faith fill of emotional feelings, but rationally empty full of fear. Faith only comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), and what did it say about worship? When you read John chapter 4, Jesus tells us what God is looking for from His followers: “…they (Jesus’ Followers) that worship Him (God) MUST worship in spirit and in truth.” True worshippers do not put their confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3b), “neither is [God] worshipped with men’s hands (music or musical instruments), as though he (God) needed any thing (Acts 17:25).”
True communication expresses the heart of the individual or congregation when worshipping God. What is that you are offering to Him? Hopefully, the desire is to please Him most of all by giving an sacrificial offering, “fruit of their mouth (Hebrews 13:15).” Your voice is missing from the equation. Ephesians 5:19 tells us how to start praising God Almighty, “…making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Carnal Christians miss this point. Listening to music and learning the artist words are not God’s, nor yours. Singing is good, but not doing as God command is another thing all together. You must do it for yourself – This is true acceptable worship.
The use of music feels good to the soul, but never touches the heart of worship. Music is a means by which a worshipping person or congregation expresses love, but it’s never the reason. Daily God must put a new song in your mouth. Will you sing a song to Him and do it His way?
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