Wednesday, June 20, 2012
“…But be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:18b-20 KJV).
Think about it…. Music profoundly influences our thinking patterns, and our thinking patterns profoundly influence what type of music we listen to, sing, and compose. Thus, we are compelled to dedicate today’s devotional to God-honoring music.
When we have “renewed minds”—minds that have been transformed by sound (Pauline dispensational) Bible doctrine (Romans 12:1,2; Ephesians 4:23)—then we will be “filled with the Spirit” (today’s Scripture). To wit, the indwelling Holy Spirit utilizes the sound Bible study that we read to “effectually work in us that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Once we believe that sound doctrine, it causes us to “speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” and we “sing and make melody in our heart to the Lord.” This is one way we show our gratitude to God for all that He has done for us (as described in sound Bible doctrine).
Notice how today’s Scripture emphasizes the “heart”—“making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Contrary to today’s “worship,” godly music is not necessarily loud music. Furthermore, godly music is not merely lip movement or instrument playing. It is art that reflects the heart attitude of faith of the composer or singer. Despite their terrible circumstances (prison), Paul and Silas “prayed, and sang praises unto God, and the prisoners heard them” (Acts 16:25). Their singing reflected an internal attitude of faith: no matter what, God was still worthy of praise.
Godly music is not only art that conforms to sound Bible doctrine, but it communicates that sound Bible doctrine to the audience: the sound Bible doctrine that resides in the heart of the believing composer or singer is then transferred to the listeners. What a God-honoring ministry godly music can fulfill!
If we want to recognize, compose, and sing godly music, we had first better learn sound Bible doctrine…. 🙂
Dedicated to C. N.