Music – Worship or War?


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Is music important? Does music matter? Does music have a message and purpose? These are all essentially rhetorical questions that can be answered with an emphatic – yes! – with scripture to back each one. Is music important? It is important in worship. Psalm 81:1-4 tells that Israel used both singing and instrumental music in their worship. According to verse four it was “a statute for Israel and a law of God.” Numbers 10:10 states – “ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings.” Does music matter? When the Israelites were preparing for battle, they appointed singers that praised the beauty of his holiness, and God helped them in battle. “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten” (II Chronicles 20:22 ). Does music have a message and purpose? Music does have a message. During the worship of the golden calf, what message did the music give those that heard from a distance? And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp (Exodus 32:17). Even though it was “worship” to the golden calf, this music had a specific message – war! Music has a purpose. David played his harp when an evil spirit was upon Saul. “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him” (I Samuel 16:23). Music does matter; it has a purpose – what about your music? Worship or War?

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