Religion-Sabbath or Sunday Service Part 3 – Music
Justin Martyr Does Not Mention Music while Describing Christian Worship in his First Apology addressed to Emperor Antoninus Pius. This article will only center on Justin’s defense of Christian religious practices as written in chapter 67.
Justin Martyr thoroughly described the practice of the Lord’s Day from preaching (homily) to teaching, Scripture reading to praying, tithes and offering, and saying “Amen” an agreement to what has been prayed for. The service is led by a pastor and the deacons of the church take the portion of the bread, wine, and water that were brought to the service to those who are absent. However, understanding the praise and worship in today’s service both includes music to praise or commend God for His involvement in human activities, and worship to uplift and glorify God for all His glory.
Music in the assembly is not complicated as it was before when Justin omitted music in his detailed letter to Antonius Pius. Either it was misinterpreted as an omission or something that is against Justin’s work. Why would Justin omit this important aspect of church worship is beyond imagination when we reference Psalm 100:2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
It is more appropriate that we read the whole contents of Psalm 100 which is giving God our grateful praise. A psalm. Forgiving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100 is more praising God our LORD than worshipping Him, singing and performing like jumping, screaming the name of the LORD and His good work, giving thanks for all His promises is an act of the faithful. Compared to yesteryears of the meeting of the faithful that used hymns and the public reading of the Scriptures combine and the listeners just clap the hands or stump their feet as a response with the hymn. If Justin did not mention the musical aspect, it is more likely to avoid separating the praise and worship.
With the use of modern instruments which is well accepted by many groups of Christians nowadays, others do it differently. Praise and worship come hand in hand nowadays also. Worship is a reflection and directed towards God, while praise music or gospel music tends to use vocal either solo or chorus that unites the spirit of the performer
God is all in all