WORSHIP IS MORE THAN MUSIC

1For many people, worship is just a synonym for music. Some think of worship only during singing in church service. EVERY PART OF A CHURCH SERVICE IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP. Worship predates music. Adam worshiped in the Garden of Eden, but music isn’t mentioned until Genesis4:21 with the birth of Jubal. IF WORSHIP WERE JUST MUSIC, THEN ALL WHO ARE NONMUSICAL COULD NEVER WORSHIP. WORSHIP IS FAR MORE THAN MUSIC.

Even worse, “worship” is often used to refer to a particular kind of music. If a song is fast or loud with a brass instrument, it’s considered as “praise”. But if it’s slow and quiet and intimate, may be accompanied by guitar, that’s worship. This is a common misuse of the term worship. Worship has nothing to do with the volume, style or speed of a song. God loves all kind of songs because he invented them all- fast, slow, old, new, loud or soft. You probably don’t like it all but God does. If it is offered to God in truth and spirit, it is an act of worship.

Christians often disagree over the style of music used in worship, passionately defending their preferred style as the most biblical or God-honoring. BUT THERE IS NO BIBLICAL STYLE. There are no music notes in the bible, and we don’t even have the instruments they used in bible times. Frankly, the music style you like best says more about you than it does about God. One ethnic group’s music might sound like noise to another, but you have to understand that God likes variety that’s why He made them all.

IT IS THE WORDS THAT MAKE A SONG SACRED NOT THE TUNES. THERE ARE NO SPIRITUAL TUNES. IF I PLAYED A SONG FOR YOU WITHOUT THE WORDS, YOU WOULD HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING IF IT WERE A “CHRISTIAN” SONG.
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