What Is Christian Music? Part 4

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What Is Christian Music? Part 4

Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Many people will say that Christian Music is one or more of the following responses: 

These responses are the answers from an article on got questions.org

– The song lyrics must reflect biblical truth.
– The song lyrics must directly praise God/Jesus.
– The song must mention God/Jesus.
– The song must be written for Christians and not as an evangelical tool.
– The lyrics must directly address God, not other people.
– The song must be completely new, not a cover of a secular song.
– The song is designed to be played in church, not outside of church.
– The melody must be paramount, and the rhythm subdued.
– The song must be written and performed by mature Christians only.
– The men & women who sing the song must live what it is they sing about.

This week we will address each of these individual ideas.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this devotional is not to tell you what type of music to listen to nor is it to tell you that your selections or choices are wrong. It is designed to give you a measuring stick to measure your loyalty and obedience to God’s Word. The choice is up to you. Your walk with the Lord will only be as strong as the music you allow to penetrate the channels of your mind. Trash in, trash out; God in, God will come out.

8. THE MELODY MUST BE PARAMOUNT, AND THE RHYTHM SUBDUED.

Our text, above indicates that the melody is upmost and should be upmost in any song! I cannot stress this enough. Many of you may begin to ask, Why is that? Well, look at the text: 

Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Notice that it says “Let the word of Christ”. This is in total contrast to the new evangelical mindset of more upbeat music attracting a younger generation. Why? No one goes away from a concert or a singing service humming the piano part nor do they walk away singing the overwhelming bass or guitar licks. They walk away singing the melody! This is consistent with Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” Having articulated that truth there are three things that all Christ honoring songs MUST have. Unfortunately, you won’t find this, what you area about to read, in the halls of many churches. 

The Ingredients To Godly Music

Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:19

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”

I. IT MUST HAVE A MESSAGE

By nature, songs have words that reverberate in the hollows of our minds long after it’s pleasant sounds have subsided. This phenomenon is called “Ear Worms”! These, ear worms, aren’t literal parasites but phantom attempts of your mind to re-create the songs that one admires or initially feeds the mind. 

Have you ever heard a song first thing in morning and 4 hours later, you find yourself humming that song and can’t seemingly “get it out of your head”? If you’re honest, you would say yes! We all have been there. This is actually your mind trying to fill itself with something to sustain it throughout the day. I actually tell new believers that they shouldn’t get bed right out of bed and begin reading the bible until they have prepared their hearts and minds to receive the words of Christ. What does that mean? You will never have anything dwelling inside your mind when the receiving dock door is still closed. Godly music unlocks and opens the bay door so that Christ’s truck load of blessings can fill your mind. 

The song is only as good as the message that it communicates to us. Songs do three things:

  1. It Teaches Us – Remember learning or even teaching your children or other children their ABC’s? Many of us didn’t learn or teach it but saying them forwards or backwards. We learned by singing that very catchy ABC song. Even when we are adults and we try to recite the ABCs we sing that song because that’s how we learned it. Don’t believe me? Without using google, tell me the 15th letter of the alphabet and see if you don’t sing through that song. Ha. 
  2. It Teleports Of Minds – I didn’t always live for Jesus Christ until I was an adult, so I have developed many ungodly memories. Unfortunately, these memories are almost always tied to songs or a specific type of music. This can be good or bad. I remember an instance where I cheated on a test in the military while hearing the song “Another One Bites The Dust”. So when I hear this music it brings bad thoughts of doing things wrong. However, when I hear “God Bless The Broken Road” by Selah, it reminds me of my wedding day because that’s the song to which my wife walked down the aisle. 
  3. It Tells Us Things – Have you ever been in church and a song was sang that spoke to you? I work as an alter worker in my church and I hear many times, “That song broke my heart” or “How did they know, it’s like that song was specifically for me”. There are times in our lives where we are susceptible to be touched with the inspired lyrics of a godly song from the pen of a yielded artist. Music will tell you things if you listen to it’s subtile messages. 

Here’s where the inconsistency comes in with modern music that boasts itself as contemporary Christian or modern spiritual music. The music teaches nothing about God nor does it even teach the bible. It will focus more on how a person feels about God and how they can help others feel close to God. Hey, I know drunks that feel close to God after a long night of binge drinking. The will even try to call upon His name before they call some- person named Earl. What is your music teaching you? Most modern Christian music tries to tie an emotional experience to itself so that the listener attributes an emotional experience to their music. This tactic is NOT new! A man from the 1940’s did this very things! He played music sympathetic to his cause in every place that he could. In churches, in Sunday School and even in the public school. By doing this, he made the hearts and minds of the people blinded to his subtile attack. So when they heard this music, because they had been bombarded with it, they emotionally responded to it in the manner that this young man had planned. Adolf Hitler, then played this music as millions of God’s chosen people, Jews, were carted off to death camps. All the while, the masses never thought about it because their emotional experience was tied to the music. They were feeling patriotic listening to this music while those being killed felt a sense of doom hearing it. Be very careful about emotional experiences that are tied to music outside of the Godly realm.

Lastly music has the ability to tell us things. This literally has the same implication as we find us in the bible in I Samuel 16:23 “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand:so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”  Music speaks to the spirit and soul of man but unfortunately, our fleshly bodies like to respond to it by jerking and contracting in what we call dance. If your selection of music is played what mood is it setting in the room? We can oppress our own souls by the bad selection of music we allow to enter into our minds. This week, as you walk with The Lord, take note of your musical selections and the music that you allow yourself to hear. Qualify your music’s message with these few standards from God’s word. It would be a shame to glorify God in your life but still hold on to music that makes Him angry. In our next devotional, we will speak about the 2nd thing that all Godly musical selections should have for Godly glory. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

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