By: Andrew Schempf
Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Ephesians 5:19-20
What is your earliest memory of music in a worship setting? Do you remember a specific song, and does it evoke other memories associated with it (sights, smells, sounds)?
My son Theo moves and sings to music, and I did not teach him to do it. He moves to music because God created that response in him. The uninhibited response of a child illustrates the truth that often gets trained out of us adults. When we hear music, we have a physical reaction. It can calm us, energize us, express pain, or project warmth. It can literally change the tempo of our heart’s rhythm. So often, we temper our responses. This is often the case in our worship as well. We end up muted, hollow, and silent. Imagine if each of us gathered in the sanctuary sang with all the breath we had in us. I believe music can provide a small foretaste of heaven. It’s beauty can move a person’s spirit to let them taste a bit of the elation that we will share as we stand around heaven’s throne singing ‘Worthy is the Lamb’. The song of the church isn’t just for that music guy up front, it’s every voice, young and old. While we are here on earth, let’s raise our voices together as one people worshiping our Lord and King.
Just imagine… what God could do through us if we worshipped Him wholeheartedly and with joyful singing for God’s salvation in Christ.
Jesus has given you a reason to sing and Ephesians encourages us to make music from our heart to the Lord. I dare you to be the “over-enthusiastic” person in the pew who isn’t afraid to make a joyful noise. Joy is infectious and we have joy worth spreading!
Dear Lord, please remind me that worship is not a passive experience. You’ve called me to worship you with my whole being, my breath, and everything in me. Help me to express the joy that you’ve given me through your Son Jesus. Restore in me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Amen