What Is Christian Music? Part 7

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What Is Christian Music? Part 7

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;”

III. IT MUST MOVE PEOPLE

I don’t need to remind those of you that read my devotionals about the power of music to move the spirit and calm the anguished soul. Humans have the ability to retain a vast deal of information but when it is put to music our ability to retain it longterm and recall it at a moment’s notice increases dramatically. We also see that music has the ability to move the listener emotionally. How? 

  1. Speed & Meter – When we hear music that is brisker speed it has proven that it improves our mood. However, it has been proven that music that is “Andante” or slower has the effect of pulling a sorrowful and sad emotion from us. 
    • Note: If you are in a bad mood, try listening to soul and soulful music. Listening to happy music will sometimes annoy you and could make you more angry. However, listening to slow music when you are sad or depressed will not lift your mood and could send you into an even more depressive state. 
  2. Sound & Mode – Some music is written in such a way that it will invoke an emotional response no matter it’s speed. How? Well, when notes are close together it makes a unique sound. These sounds can be put into two categories: 
    • Consonance – This is what many people refer to as harmony or agreeable sounding music. Without getting into advanced music theory, I will say that this is the music that we find in most hymns. This will usually be tension free. 
    • Dissonance – This is what many people refer to as unrest, discord or disagreeable sounding music. This type of music is very tense and has no resolution to the aforementioned term. 

We find both of these types of harmonies in hymns and in Christian music. They provide harmony and tension and resolution. I will provide example of this type of music next via my youtube channel. In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk more about how music moves people and causing an emotional response. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

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