Music & Choirs
MUSIC IN WORSHIP
An Article Based Partially on a Sermon by Brian Bill of Pontiac Bible Church in Pontiac, Illinois.
Martin Luther once said: “The devil takes flight at the sound of music, just as he does at the words of theology… After theology I give the highest place and greatest honor to music.”
Johann Sebastian Bach believed that music was a “refreshment of the spirit,” a powerful tool for the proclamation of the gospel. Ultimately, he believed that music brought glory to God – that’s why the initials SDG (Soli Deo Gloria, which means “To The Glory of God Alone”) are found at the end of his scores. The initials JJ appear at the top of many of his pieces, which mean Jesus Juva, or “Jesus help us.”
Music has a huge place in magnifying God as praising. Singing out to our triune God started way back at creation in Job 38:7 where this canticle of praise is heard: “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy.” The first record of music-making in the Bible is found in Genesis 4:21: “Jubal… was the father of all who play the harp and flute” An anthem of adoration is recorded as a refrain in the last book of the Bible. Revelation 5:13-14: “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!’
Since the world was created with a symphony of joyful singing and all creation will break into song when Jesus comes again, we’re called to make music to the Lord in the meantime -- as we worshipfully await His appearing.
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