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GOD'S STANDARDS FOR MUSIC

What is Christian music for?  Why did God give us music and how should we use it?  There are age old questions, discussed by thousands over the years about music and it's place in the Christian's life...what does does God say about this...what are God's standards for music?

IN 1 COR. 14:26 GOD'S WORD SAYS… "How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."  The Apostle Paul was telling the Christians to use their spiritual gifts to build each other up in the faith to encourage one another.  God's word is filled with precious promises and you can tell when music is used to communicate these to us.  When music is performed or listened to, it should edify.

IN COL. 3:16 GOD'S WORD SAYS… "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."  The music that we create and listen to should be filled with God's word.  It should be scripturally accurate and communicate God's word...the truth!  When that is done skillfully by musicians, we love to sing along.  And the songs will be timeless because they contain God's truth.

ARE YOU A MUSICIAN?  When you use your God-Given-Talent as a musician you are to be a pure vessel.  A vehicle that God can use to minister to others effectively.  God's word tells us in I Thessalonians Chapter Four to be sanctified, set apart as an honorable vessel.  As an honorable vessel because God has called us to holiness.  When we do, the music that we perform will be a good testimony.   As Peter said in his first letter, chapter two..."That they will see your works and glorify your Father."

GOD GIVES US MANY EXAMPLES OF HIS CRITERIA FOR THE MUSIC THAT WE LISTEN TO. For example: Psalms 33:2, 3 says, "...praise the Lord with harp, sing unto him with the psaltery, and an instrument of ten strings.  Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise."  Wow...these two versus alone tell a lot about God's standards.  The main point that I get is that we should choose music that praises God and is performed skillfully with enthusiasm. 

IS IT A SIN TO LISTEN TO WHAT WE WOULD CALL "SECULAR" MUSIC? Music that doesn't even try to communicate a Godly theme and may not even be performed by Christians;  God's word tells us in Romans 1:20 that God uses creation to reveal himself.  God can use all things to glorify Himself.  At the same time, we need to judge the message that the music communicates by the Word of God.  Does it glorify him or the world and the world's system?  Does it leave you feeling clean and closer to God or does it leave you feeling dirty and closer to the world?  When in doubt...don't!  Don't listen to it if there is question.  There is plenty of other "good" music for us to listen to.

WHAT ABOUT GOSPEL SONGS THAT ARE PERFORMED BY A SECULAR ARTIST, SOMEONE WHO CLEARLY HAS NO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? Well, since God has clearly stated in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word will not return to him void, but that it will accomplish His purpose...yes He can even use a gospel song performed by a "secular" artist.  You can probably remember the last time you heard a secular artist perform, "Amazing Grace" or the "Hallelujah Chorus" and it touched your heart.  God knows much better than we the power of music and He can and does use it for His glory.