Philosophy of Worship
The Purpose of Music
created music for the sole purpose of bringing Him glory (cf. Rom.
11:36). It predates creation (Job 38:7) and will always exist as a
channel for the worship of God (Rev. 5:9; 15:3).
The Place of Music in Corporate Worship
is only a part of our worship to God, but it is an important part, so
it is crucial, therefore, that we understand its proper role and its
biblical use. Scripture speaks very directly to several issues about
musical worship. It often records God's approval of a variety of
musical instruments in worship (e.g., 1 Chron. 25:6; Ps. 150). Choirs
and vocalists, separate from the congregation, were a prescribed part
of Israel's worship (1 Chron. 15:16-28; 2 Chron. 5:13ff; Neh. 7:1;
12:27-47). God appointed men to lead the musical element of the
corporate worship (1 Chron. 15:27; Neh. 12:42, 46; 55 of the Psalms
begin with "for the choir director"). Biblical music could be either
loud and exuberant (Ps. 95:1; 98:4; 150:5) or quiet and contemplative
(2 Chron. 35:25).
Content of Music Appropriate for Worship
New Testament identifies the types or kinds of music that are
acceptable in the worship of God. Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16
list "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs." Psalms refers to the Old
Testament Psalter and those later songs that arise directly out of its
poetry. Hymns are those songs that set forth the truth about God. The
expression spiritual songs refers to music that is neither psalms nor
hymns, but has a biblically-solid, spiritual message. What is clear
from Paul's comment, as well as the rest of Scripture, is that we must
balance our worship between the subjective expression of our thoughts
to God (Ps. 18:1-2) and the objective revelation of God to us (Ex.
15:1; Deut. 31:22, 30; 32:44; Rev. 15:3; cf. 1 Cor. 14:15).