“The inner essence of worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied with God above all earthly things. And then that deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.” – John Piper
There is nothing like a worship song to get the adrenaline flowing. Music invites participation; it offers every person in attendance a way to get involved: singing, clapping, or even moving to the sound. There is that moment when the worship team is playing a song, and you are ushered into the presence of God. Music has the unique ability to stir our spirits and emotions.
Musical worship appears throughout scripture. “Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously…” (Exodus 15:1) Later in the chapter, Miriam led the women in song and dance (Exodus 15:20). King David, a man after God’s heart, continuously worshiped in song, dance, and music. “Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1).
Psalm 98 is an expression of jubilant, joyful worship. With trumpets blasting, hands clapping, and people singing and shouting for joy, there is a great celebration of all the wonderful things God has done. Psalm 92 begins with an announcement that it is good to praise and make music to the Lord: ”It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre.”
Music is an excellent way for us to worship and experience God and to keep focused on the important things in life, the things that God cares about. Christians worship through music because it expresses praise, glory, honor, and reverence for the Lord. But the bottom line is that worship is a lifestyle. It is characterized by devotion, obedience, and love for God and others. Additionally, it is a conscious action. Worship requires effort. It can be expressed in numerous ways; one way is music. The time set aside to worship through music creates a strong connection and realization of God’s character, holiness, goodness, and power.
Every day, our lives can show that we bring joyful worship to God. Our lives are the music that tells the story of our redemption and hope in Christ. Through our lives, others hear the joyful music of what living in a relationship with a loving God is all about.
- How can music be a conduit into God’s presence?
- How can music help you experience God’s presence in your life?