READING THE BOOK OF First Chronicles CHAPTER Fifteen.
How important is the music in our daily life and for the worship of God?
Our favorite verse in 1 Chronicles Chapter 15 is:
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals. (1 Chronicles 15:16 NIV)
Our praises and best expressions of joy should be giving unto God.
Historic background of singing as part of the worship service. – The solemn ceremonies that accompanied the ark every time it was moved had made a lasting impression on the people of Israel, it awakened a deeper interest in the service of the sanctuary and lifted their spirits to Jehovah and created a lasting impression on them. David tried, by all means, to strengthen and deepen these impressions, thus the song service was made a regular part of religious worships. It is for this reason that David composed psalms not only for the use of the priests in the sanctuary service, but also for the people to sign on their way to the temple for their annual festivities. The influence of the use of songs in worship exerted very fast and helped liberate the nation from the grip of idolatry (PP 669).
“Music is a blessing when it is used properly, but it often becomes one of the most attractive weapons for Satan to enslave souls” (Mu, 28), we must develop heavenly wisdom to select and listen to music that elevates our spirit. That their lyrics may raise our interest towards salvific thoughts, that the music may have a rhythm and tone that lift us to the heavenly throne.
- I must confess that I do not have the gift of music and and people say I always sing out of tune. But when I read in the Bible, it says: Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. (James 5:13), because of this I gain confidence and sing with joy praises to God. In addition, we must believe in the biblical promise that in heaven we all sing: “… the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” (Rev. 15:3).
Lord, God worthy of our praise. May the music we listen to and sign be exclusively to praise your name. Help us choose the right music to thank you for the forgiveness of our sins and express our gratitude for all the blessings we receive from you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.