Worship Music Together We Rejoice

It rarely happens that you go to a church, of any denomination, or a Christian gathering and not find that they do not use music for worship. Worship music is part and parcel of worshiping, even though we may disagree about what good worship music entails.


It is understandable to reject or be slow to accept worship music presented in a style and sound, which is not what you have been used to over the years.

However, as Christianity notes, you need to concentrate on

the substance/information, and not how the music is presented.

Worship music has a bigger role to play in worshiping and generally in the gospel world, and the Bible rightly supports its presence in our churches.

For proof of Bible support for worship music, take a look at some of these many listed books and verses, according to the Open Bible.

The Purpose of Praise and Worship Music In Our Well-being

We do not listen to praise and worship music only during church services, especially on Sunday. We also listen to worship music in our homes, when driving to and from work, during a gym workout, etc.

As a result, it is right to say that worship music serves a unique purpose in our lives as Christians. Below, we examine a few of the purposes of worship music.

Connecting Us To The Creator

The purpose of worship music delivers more than just instructing us as it also allows and heightens the direct connection with the creator. You can connect to your creator through music for worship in ways a sermon cannot.

When you sing, something incredible tends to happen. Whether you sing alone or as part of a worshiping group/community, you feel some kind of awakening and connection with the lord.

Express Our Love to God

In accordance with Deuteronomy 6:5 NRSV, it advocates you

and me to love God with all our hearts, soul, and might. Still, in Matthew

22:37 NRSV, Jesus replies to a lawyer that loving God with your heart, soul,

and mind is the greatest commandment.

Singing gives us one of the best channels for communicating

our love of God not only to him but also his people. If you sing and devote

your whole self to God, then something godly will happen within you, and that

is without a doubt.

Fulfilling of God's Command

There are numerous verses in the Bible commanding us to

sing, like Psalm 26:6-7 (ESV) and Eph. 5:18-20 (ESV). God commands us to sing

in his presence.

Contemporary worship music - Messiah Lutheran Church

Teaching Us The Gospel

Spiritual songs and hymns are essential for strengthening our faith in the gospel by teaching us in various ways, such as how we should live with our neighbors. The different forms of gospel music use the word to touch not only our hearts but also our minds.

Enlighten Thy Self about the History of Worship Music

The word worship, according to Dictionary, was derived from the word "worthscipe", (an old English word), or "weordhscipe", (old English spelling). Simply, the word means worth-ship or "worthiness". Generally, the term worship is used for meaning "worthy of something".

Most certainly, the use of the term suits its purpose when

we say we worship God. Meaning, it is only God worthy of our worship.

For the worship music, at present, in general, there are two broad types of music for satisfying the desires of worshipers/Christians. There are traditional worship music and contemporary worship songs. As a consequence, we take a look at the different historical period's Christian worship songs have undergone.

Christianity Facts

Old Testament

Christian Music

From the Old Testament, we know that David wrote and sang in

the Psalms for praising God. David often played the lyre/harp as per 1 Sam

16:14-23 and also based on Psalm 68:25, he played the tambourines.

Per the Old Testament, there were many forms of musical

instrument in use. E.g., we are informed, according to 2 Samuel 6:5, that the

returning of the Ark in Israel was met with singing, celebration, and music.

In fact, it is on record that the Israelite's celebrated

before the lord using cymbals, harps, timbrels, castanets, and sistrums.


Apart from the use of stringed and percussion instruments,

the New Testament also records the use of flutes and pipes. Besides, the

scripture talks about the presence of vocal arrangements, comprised of between a few to hundreds of vocalists.

Contemporary Praise

and Worship Music

New Testament Gospel Music

During the period when writing of the New Testament was

happening, it is only a natural progression that the Old Testament instruments

were still in use.


But then again, the musical instruments in church history

during the New Testament were used a bit differently, unlike in the Old

Testament. For example, Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn, after meal

conclusion, for the celebration of the Passover.


It is highly unlikely that an instrument or instruments did

not accompany the singing of the hymns. Besides, the scripture does not inform

us about the particular hymn sung, but it is reasonable to think it was sourced

from the Psalms.


Early Church Christian Music


Just like today, the early Christian church must have

heavily relied on singing the Psalms. The early church may have relied on the

use of stringed instruments used in the Bible for worship and or a woodwind

section.


It also appears that using drums was limited and there could

be reasons for that happening. One reason could be that the church was trying

to evade the potential attraction of too much public attention.


That is why; some church services took place in underground

locations to avoid possible death or persecution.


Another possible reason for the limited use of drum during

that period is because of the cost. The making of percussion instruments

involved metal works and animals skins, which means, the church at that time

did not want to spend heavily on such instruments.

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Middle Ages Praise

and Worship Music

Around the 3rd Century B.C, the Greeks were known to use the

pipe organ. Between the 6th and 7th, there was introduction of bellows. Already

the organ was the principal instrument used in the Bible, from the early church

and the middle age of the church.

In the 1700s, there was further addition of another musical

instrument in the form of a piano. The use of the piano in this period rivaled

the use of the organ in Christian worship music.


As well, there was everyday use of the harpsichord, a

smaller piano version, which was relatively more affordable to the church when

compared with the piano or the pipe organ.

There is evidence that there was the continued use of

stringed instruments and woodwinds by churches during this age. However, for

percussion instruments or drums, their use was still exclusive, in particular,

because of the exorbitant cost.

Contemporary Praise and Worship Music

"Contemporary Praise and Worship Music


Today, I most church services; you will still encounter the

using of pipe organs, even though the piano is a top preference.


The contemporary Christian songs still are experiencing a

lot of changes. There is the use of high tech simulated instruments, computers,

and synthetic keyboards.


Likewise, how the praise and worship songs are composed has

also undergone a change. Lyrics are considered more vital than the accompanying

instrumentals. What is more, more churches are embracing the use of visuals for

song lyrics to enable worshipers to sing along.