Weekly Pastoral Message prepared by Rev. Murray Adamthwaite
for Sunday 16th March 1997
From the Pastor: Singing in Worship I: Praise in Song
Christianity is a singing "religion" (if we are to use that word), in contrast
to most other religions of the world. That has been the case all through the
history of the Church, while our counterparts in Old Testament times sang
psalms and other compositions to the accompaniment of instruments.|
What is it that makes, or should make heart and voice to sing? It should be
clear at the outset that it is not primarily the music and all that that
comprehends. Too many are carried away, even "worked up", by a rhythm or beat,
or some catchy melody, and equate that with spirituality. Of course, music has
its place (Psalm 92:1-3), but remember that music can create an atmosphere
for heathen worship as much as for godly worship (cf. Daniel 3:5).
On the contrary, it is joy in the truths of God's revelation, and the facts of
redemption which should "turn on" the Christian and make him sing. This what we
find in Old Testament praise (Psalm 136), under the Gospel (cf. the verse in
1 Timothy 3:16), and with the saints in glory, (Revelation 5:9-10).
What will move you to sing this morning: the tune, or the truths?