SHOULD WE SING TO THE LORD?
Yes, let’s SING to the LORD !
There was singing in Bethlehem.
When Jesus came the first time, angels gathered around Bethlehem, and a chorus of them were singing ‘Glory to God in the Highest, Peace on earth, good will toward men." They had come to joy in singing at the coming of Jesus.
There is always singing in heaven.
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders; and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, who were redeemed from the earth.
Notice, that in heaven, we often see ‘harpers’, musicians, singers, music. Music is an integral part of heaven, and its worship of God. God loves music, and has provided instruments for us to use when we get there, to accompany our singing. Angels use instruments, sing and worship too.
There was singing throughout the Bible times.
Singing was quite accepted and loved in Bible times. David had a troupe of singing men and women at Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 19:35 (KJV)
"...can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women?"
In Ezra, we see a group of 200 men and women who were singers at banquets and festivals in Jerusalem.
Ezra 2:65 (KJV)
65 ..and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women.
The Temple choir consisted of Levites. They were chosen if they were of good voice. Some of the songs that they sang, are found, but the music to which these songs were sung is long lost. It perhaps was similar to the music of the Arabs at this time. While the Temple music was more elaborate, both in notes and expression of feeling, the music of that time was a few notes repeated over and over in long recitations. This kind of music is found even amidst Arab minstrels of our time.
Prophets ministered in song before their prophetic words.
Perhaps the words of the song were the prophetic words,
for many of them are in poetic form.
Look in the Old Testament at how the prophets ministered:
I Samuel 10:5
"...thou shalt meet a company of prophets, coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them, and they shall prophesy; And the Spirit of the Lord shall come upon thee."
The music of a meeting of prophets was awesome, for they were taught in the schools of the prophets of that day, to begin their worship and prophesying times with music and worship to the Lord. The Lord wants worship, music, singing, instrumental praise, to be given; and wants this to precede times of His speaking to His people.
During the ages, if you will look to the music, and the time of its writing by the writers, you will find that the prophetic message about to be announced by speaking prophets, was always preceded by songs about such same message. Musicians, singers, are supposed to be in prophetic ministry also; it is a form of prophetic ministry, not just a preliminary of a service. Songs get the hearts of the congregation in tune with the moving of the Spirit. Before an anointing comes to the prophet to speak words of prophecy, the music will reveal the message of the Lord.
Music is a vital part of prophetic ministry, and a vital part of true worship. When God is about to share some new revelations to the church, He wants more worship, more instrumental praise, more words of His message put to worship and praise, and then will come new revelation of a prophetic nature.
When a new moon came each month, the people were taught to gather at the feet of a prophet, and the prophet would begin with worship, music, instrumental, and singing. The messages of God would be sung, hymns, psalms, etc. Then came the anointing to the prophet, and a prophetic word was spoken. That is how things were done. Today, people have lost that concept, except we have kept the form, but denied the power of what God is wanting to do in our singing.
Musicians, and singers should have a prophetic calling, for God wants to speak through their music, their writing of songs. In every age, the music that preceded the prophetic words, was always a preparatory word from the Lord. Before God revealed His message for that age, He sent musicians to sing of it, and then the prophets spoke of it.
I Chronicles 25:1-7 "Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals."
David used music to cause a demon to leave Saul. (I Samuel 16:16-23). When we sing spiritual songs, demons tremble and leave yet in our days. We are to be a singing people. Especially in these last days.
David was a 'man after God's own heart", we are told, and to know the 'heart of God' means to know the mind of God and what He is thinking. As we sing and worship, we will find the gifts of revelation, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, discernment of spirits will be more abundant than ever before. We will sense and know the feelings and thoughts of God, like as what David had found in his time.
If you read the Psalms, you will find that the psalms are filled with the feelings and thoughts of God, for instance:
Psalms 22 reveals prophetically what Jesus would think, as He hung on the cross...
Psalm 2 shows what God was thinking as the world rejected Jesus...
Psalms 9 shows God's thoughts at the white throne judgment...
Psalms 16 shows the thoughts of Jesus while in paradise, just before His resurrection.
I could go on, and show how the psalms are more prophetic than people ever imagined. Many, many psalms can be identified as revealing God's thoughts, long before He would think them. It is beautiful to study such.
So, remember that musicians, and singers are supposed to be prophets. For how did the psalmists know the thoughts of Jesus, and the Father, so long before such occurrences? It was prophetic revelation. God speaks through song writers yet today. God reveals Himself and His thoughts to musicians, who are prophets. Those that sing to the Lord will find more and more that God will be revealing prophetic truths. We want to know, but we open the doors of prophetic revelation from heaven, as we will sing.
Prophetic revelation is encouragement, rebuke, correction, and future event revelation. Much prophecy is simply revealing the thoughts of God for a time. What is God feeling, thinking, wanting? We would like to know, and as God wanted to reveal to David, He wants to reveal to us.
Some in our day reject musical instruments in the church.
They see them in the O.T., but say they are not in the New Testament. They see them in heaven in Revelation, but say that is for then, now we are not to have them. They are wrong, God uses musical instruments in our time, and can anoint players of such, as they worship. The anointing can flow through their musical expression.
Ephesians 5:19 says...
"Speaking to yourselves in psalms
[psalms were sacred songs accompanied by musical instruments](from the Song book of the Bible, called the book of Psalms),
and in hymns
(these are written songs of the day and age meant for worship to God)
and spiritual songs
(these are songs of the Spirit, sung out of an anointing, the words being supplied as a prophetic message is given in speaking...)
singing and making melody
(psallo, to play a stringed instrument with the fingers, to strike a chord, to sing to the music of a harp)
in your heart to the Lord.
(this means that the song and worship should be coming from the inner person, not just mouthed or played skill or talent, but actual worship in song and instrumental playing.)
That verse shows instruction in the N.T. to have vocal and instrumental music. So we are to sing, and play instruments to God.
"Is any merry, let him sing psalms (psallo, to play a stringed instrument, to sing to the music of a harp)."
So, we are instructed to do so, and anytime we have two or more people together to worship the Lord, we are in 'church', we are to have musical instruments and singing in our worship of the Lord.
"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."
That settles it, that God wants musical instruments, and vocal singing to the Lord, in the church. It should come from the 'hearts', not just form or preliminary parts of a service.
We are in the Last days, and events are soon to come that will shake the carnal church, upset the sleeping, apathetic Laodicean saints. To be ready for such things, to be prepared to speak prophetically for the Lord in such times, the Lord is calling for us to spend more time in vocal singing, playing instruments of worship to Him, getting our hearts in tune with His Spirit. We should sing, worship, play (if you can), tap on a log with a stick if you cannot, clap your hands, dance before the Lord, tap your feet, shout and sing. The Lord is coming, and we have a final message to bring!
God's glory comes down when instruments
are used with singing.
II Chronicles 5:11-14
"...and the Levites who were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun with their sons and brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals, and psalteries and harps, ... with them 120 priests sounding trumpets... it came to pass as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord... when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord.... saying...'For He is good; for His mercy endureth forever; that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord. So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God."
That was a powerful song service there. That was in the O.T. and we in the New Testament period should have more of the glory, more of the presence of God. However, we have let down on the singing, the worship, the heart sourced praise of God. When we do sing unto the Lord, as we are called to, we will find the 'cloud' of His presence fills the place again. Let His presence come down and fill you. Then, you, like the many priests in the verses above, will find you cannot 'stand' either, and will fall at His feet, as He joins you in that place from our hearts.
THE MUSIC WILL NOT BE ENDING,
WE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF A NEW TIME
OF GREATER MUSIC THAN EVER.
The 24 elders, and the four 'zoa' angels about the throne play harps in heaven. In Revelation 14, we find the 144,000 with harps and praising God in music. In Rev. 15:2, all the tribulation saints in heaven play harps. Therefore, it sounds as though we will be given more musical talent in heaven. (Down here, all I play is the radio, tape player, and cd player, LOL). The Lord will want musical, vocal and instrumental music so much in heaven, He will pass out the talents on such instruments without hesitation.
In some of the visions that God has given me, I took notice of some of the instruments in the hands of the angels. They were awesome, and the sound from them was awesome too. The sounds reverberated through heaven. It has to be heard, it is too hard to explain, but God loves instrumental music. The voices of the saints and angels in heaven, harmonized with the instrumental music. Wow, I get blessed just thinking of what I heard there. We are going on a soon to come trip there.
When saints in heaven would begin to worship in song, I noticed many angels suddenly surrounded them, and with instruments playing accompanied the groups of saints. I imagine it is hard on the angels who join us in our services here, to not literally appear and join in, for worship and playing of instruments is so common in heaven, and down here, they likely have a hard time resisting the urge to join our worship...
If you cannot play an instrument, as you sing vocally, begin to toe tap, hand clap, take a stick and beat it on something. Get involved instrumentally too. We used to call the 'hands' to be 'ten stringed instruments' to the Lord, when we clapped hands to songs in the earlier days of Pentecostal worship. Lets get our 'ten stringed instruments' out of the moth balls, even if it is only in your private worship places, and times.
WE NEED TO SING.
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise."
I Thessalonians 5:18
"In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you."
Our singing is to be praise to our Lord and our God.
What are we to sing?
If we are to enter into God’s presence with praise, if we are to praise God in every situation, we ought to know what in the world praise is! Do you praise God in every circumstance? In plenty and in want? In good times and in bad?
To fail to do so, is to fail God.
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, it is sin.
Matthew Henry, who wrote a famous commentary on the Bible, was once attacked and robbed, in his diary he wrote, "Let me be thankful first, that I was never robbed before. Second, because though the thieves took my money, they did not take my life. Third, because although they took all, it was not much. Fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not who robbed."
A.G. Ward, said, "Our Lord is desirous that His people should be rejoicing Christians. I am certain that if Christians were more joyful, they would set sinners’ mouths a’watering for the dainties of true religion."
Praise is vocal expression. Therefore, our vocal expression should have much singing.
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
"Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people. I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth."
Singing our praise is a needed release of our inner feelings of love for the Lord. We praise manufacturers of products we like. We praise our parents, our children. We praise our favorite teams. Some even find a way to praise politicians? But then if we truly love Jesus, there will spill out of our inner being, words of praise. And God not only wants this praise, but He wants us to sing them to Him.
If we sit at a concert of wonderful musicians, and singers, it is not so much that they need to hear our applause and praise, as we have to stand and applaud the wonderful music, it boils up within us to praise.
No one has to force fans to cheer their team win the Super bowl. Just try to make them be silent, when the last second, winning touchdown is scored.
Praise to Jesus, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Almighty conqueror of sin and death, and the One Who has provided forgiveness and salvation for us, is natural for the saint. It spills out all over our conversations.
Anyone who can be near God, and His love, even if in prison like Paul and Silas, has to praise, if they are healthy Christians. They were singing praises. The singing lifted them out of self-centeredness, into God-centeredness.
Singing our praises will force us
to quit the ‘give me’s"
and begin to say "make me".
Singing our praises will take us
from the negative to the positive.
Singing will bring pleasure to God.
"The Lord taketh pleasure in His people."
Psalms 104:1 says "Bless the Lord, O my soul." It does not say ‘bless, my soul, O Lord". We bless the Lord with our singing.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
The last verse, is part of a song the redeemed will sing to God on rapture day. We can practice that same song today. We need to realize its truth now, and not need a class in praise, before we can join in that song!!!!
Singing our praises will purify our souls.
"As the refining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold, so is a man to his praise."
God "inhabits the praises", but He withdraws from those who praise Him not.
Let us GRASP this year, but do it in singing our praises to the Lord. Let Him come so near, we feel Him inhabiting our singing. Let us there, learn what to GRASP, how to GRASP. And then to GRASP IT WITH HIM.
Sing to yourself, when alone.
Ephesians 5:19-20 (KJV)
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
We do not need to wait for church services to sing praises. We can sing in our homes, in our cars, whenever alone. We can sing while we walk in the park, or down the sidewalk. If some notice you singing to the Lord, you will be a testimony of the greatness of the One to Whom you sing.
The spiritual songs we sing are lyric poetry, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, and is still inspiring songs. When we sing these spiritual songs, we are singing rhema words from the Holy Spirit.