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During a Wednesday night service our Worship Pastor, Dawn G, shared this article with us. I thought it was phenomenal. It threw into perspective what worship does to a congregation.
Here it is:
Excerpt from Colossians 3:12-17
“…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.”
Reflection by Quinn G. Caldwell, Associate Minister of Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
There are about 5,400 animal species that make complex, intentional, repeatable, musical vocalizations. That is, there are about 5,400 species that sing. The majority live in the trees, a few live in the oceans, a very few live underground, but there is one—only one—singing species that lives on the ground: us.
Humans are the only singing species with a precise and shared sense of rhythm, which is what allows us to sing together. Two birds might sing the same song, but they cannot sing it together.
If a roomful of people sings at the same time, they start to breathe at the same time as well. Some studies suggest that if the drumbeat or bass line is strong enough, their hearts will begin to beat together, too. And if we’re singing together and breathing together and our hearts are beating together, then it’s like we’re one body. And you know Whose body it is.
All the other species stop singing when danger approaches. But humans sing louder the closer the danger gets. We sing together, and we become large, and we do not back down.
So come racism and “We Shall Overcome” you.
Come fear, for “It is Well with My Soul.”
Come war, for tonight is your “Silent Night.”
Come death, for “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.”
Come, all ye faithful, and sing.
Lord, I can’t read music and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. But I’m-a singin’ your praises anyway. Amen.
I’ve been in many different types of churches, and many different denominations. Most of them have rules for worship: what instruments they can use, what hymnals they sing from, whether or not you’re allowed to clap, how you may dress to attend worship, and the list goes on.
Are we God that we may decide how worship is to be conducted? Having a musical preference is only natural; I would even say it’s required to have any personality at all. However, when somebody creates a rule book because anything other than their preference is apparently “evil”.
I’m not an emergent, a seeker friendly, or lightweight Christian. I believe that God has required much of us, and will hold us accountable for everything we do or say. But you’ve gone too far to preserve a useless tradition within your church if you consider drums evil.
Don’t just take my word for it. Read what King David had to say:
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
That isn’t worship because it’s a song written a long time ago, because it’s found in hymnals, or because of the instruments used. It’s worship because the lyrics are lifting God up and putting ourselves in our rightful place at His feet. It’s worship because it coincides with the Psalm we just read.
Now, let me introduce you to some more worship. Watch this video:
Why is that any different? Our Pastors say the same thing but slower. In fact, he made good use of the cymbals, and remember that’s the only instrument mentioned twice.
There are more arguments against contemporary music, but I don’t care about them. I’ve read through them and they don’t have a sentence of un-contorted scripture to back them up. Some believe it’s wrong simply because of the beat. How silly.
Worship Him constantly. And when necessary, sing too.