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Worship Part 7 – Praising God through Music will please Him.

Ephesians 5:19 says that, when we are filled with the Spirit, we will be “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.” Music communicates with our souls and when there are lyrics that contain falsehood the Spirit will reject it and the conscience will follow. The Spirit will not communicate with false spirit (teachings).

Music can make us dance, jump, scream and feel empowered but the truth of the matter when we listen to the music we should carefully analyze the lyrics.  It could sound according to our taste and make us jump but when the lyrics are unacceptable, we have every right to reject it.  We should consider songs that our heart listens and our ears receive with joy and peace.

Taste with  music can separate the members according to age; some members cannot take pop style kind of music and some remain to the traditional worship songs. I don’t see any division if the music is led by the Holy Spirit.  Different groups base by age have different acceptable taste.  We should already know that  traditional or modern worship songs make no difference as long as our focus still remain to the One God whom we dedicate the day of worship. If the refusal for the music continues and growing every service days then it means it is time to reconsider to save the congregation. We cannot deny the facts that worship songs have a big impact in our congregation.  The type of songs must be chosen carefully and the instruments be played with harmony and not making loud noise.  For example, like hitting the cymbals too hard, bass and snare drums aside from guitars and the vocals that distract the concentration and the flow of the Spirit which give excitement and thrill in our body.  To  feel the Spirit is a wonderful feeling of all and being loved is the happiest moment that anyone can experience. For a music leader choosing a song is not easy.   It needs preparation as the music should be related with the preaching.  The  band and choir members also must  need time for practice and music arrangements.

There are music groups today that play powerful, alive and theologically sound songs of worship, but when you analyze them, they promote a bad theology.  We do not know if the songwriter has a different intention in promoting his music and trying to send a different message to the community. This is the part and time that we have to use our own discretion and be smart.   Do we still want to listen and allow it to be played in the church service?  Is it suitable to all churchgoers of all ages? Sometimes people judge about the background of a person, however, we must be careful in rendering such judgment. Promoting evil will have a definite no answer. We  cannot tolerate to have music sending a bad message  play in the congregation. If promoting a bad theology because it sounds nice can be rejected immediately but if the composer’s lack knowledge and understanding of what he wrote, we have to give that person a chance to correct their work and possibly feed them with the words of God. It may need a little enlightenment, maybe a little tweaking and correction will make big difference. Eventually any songs or music that will be played in the church must be aligned with the word of God.

Removal of what doesn’t belong to the church is not limited to bad music but will eventually happen to people who do not want to embrace the truth and promote his own theology inside the church.  For example, those with itchy ears, big mouth, humor mongering, liars and more to mention are things that the church doesn’t need. The unshakable, matured and faithful Christians will remain in the church and help in solving the situation instead of just walking away and leave the church which is an extreme decision of a true Christian.

Since the kingdom we have is unshakeable kingdom, let it be filled with gratitude and worship God with reverence and honor. Those worship songs with unbiblical lyrics will only help promote the group of unbelief and we should not be involved in anyway. Jesus said that God is a Spirit and we should worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, and to worship in Spirit means with all our whole heart and soul. We will not give our soul a chance even a second to be disconnected to our spirit, which will eventually  be a Spirit after accepting and believing that Jesus is the Son of God, the 2nd and last Adam to be our redeemer, who will then be our faithful witness at the end of the ages.

Our worship must be filled base in true biblical knowledge and understanding of God’s will and purpose and His existence is acknowledged not only thru the confession of our lips but from the truthfulness coming from our heart. It is foolishness to use a worship song that does not connect to the congregations due to its unclear theological contents which will end up giving a bad reflection to the church in general. If our conscience says not to sing it then do not sing it!

Let wisdom control in choosing the best songs for our specific congregation. We need passion for grace and are true to our self to avoid being judgmental and put personal choices aside to attain self control and help maintain healthy relations among believers.

Content of biblical worship
What is a true biblical worship? What does it consist? Are all welcome to join worship? What constitutes a biblical worship? Do we just attend worship without clarity?  Who they are worshipping? Could we observe first before making commitment to attend to our congregation?

Humans have a natural instinct of worshipping human images or statutes and animal and other creatures. Seeing that people are going to worship something or someone, it is wise to ask what is worship?— is the expression of gratitude and appreciation for having us in Him, acknowledging His authority and ownership as Creator of our universe and everything around us above and below the earth. Worship is of the highest priority for the believer to have in a service. Thanking Him for the Gift of Salvation and the sacrifice made by the Son Jesus in his willingness to offer his life to cleanse us for sins that started in the garden.

Who, How, Where and When shall we worship?  God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”” (John 4:23-24). The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the God that we know is one God that we worship.  True worshipers will worship God our Father that is in heaven in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father wants to glorify Him.  The apostle Paul explained that we worship by the Spirit of God (Philippians 3:3.  To worship in truth also means to worship according to what God has revealed about Himself, having the pure heart, attitude, not just following the way the heathen practice their rites and rituals. Biblical worship must abide within the teaching of truth by Jesus Christ.  Sometimes we interpret it as “in the name of Jesus” should never be lost.

The way to gain the blessings is to abide to the truth; 2 John 1:9,  and if we do it only to be entertained and not absorbing the teachings of Christ,  the time we spend dancing, singing and emotion,  these things only goes to nothingness. The preaching and teaching must be based according to what was written.  It must be the word of God and not the word of men. “no words shall be taken out or diminish some”-Deuteronony12:32.  

Worship must be dependent on the exact instructions taken from the Bible and not from church people’s modified scriptures. Worshippers must be fully aware with the identity and purpose of the people controlling the pulpit. The flesh has nothing to do during the worship.  It  should be led by the Spirit and by the Spirit alone.  The tenet may sound biblical but in reality it is just an opinion polished to a make believe interpretations. We should ask the help of the Holy Spirit to alert us to unveil what is hidden and bring the truth for our edification. We are worshipping the true God, not to be impressed or entertained by glib talker but to be blessed.  We want our spirit to be renewed and our body to be reformed.  That is why it is very important for us to know who we are worshipping, what are we worshiping- the spirit or the flesh?

When we are in the midst of worship and we find ourselves  struggling to find the comfort of our spirit to what we are hearing from the pulpit, from the choir singing, and from the people around, we must try to  focus to the One we believe, that is the one true God.  We can then decide that  there is no longer a challenge to stay but to find where our  spirit will lead us  and eventually find our  flesh to be less irritated and find ourselves to a new place where we can be blessed and feel comfort.  God knows our heart and our submission to His holiness and anything they say against us for leaving, gossip and other negative comments will be charged to them.  There are consequences for people who cause division for false teachings and also to those who cause faithful believers to stumble.


 
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