Is Music Important to God

Posted: November 17, 2020 in Prophecy
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By Chad Daugherty

Is music important to God? It is a question that is debatable to some people. There are some people that feel there is no reason to sing songs to a deity that you cannot see. Even if you do, does He listen? In fact, there are some denominations that prohibit the use of musical instruments and only allow singing in cappella. Though some may debate this subject, I believe it is clear that music is important to God and the reason why is clearly demonstrated in the Bible.

Did you know there are at least 185 songs in the Bible? Battles, coronations, funerals, cities being sacked, and seas splitting up—you can find songs in the Bible for all kinds of occasions. Granted, 150 of these songs are in the book of Psalms, which actually is a songbook written by many Israelite leaders over the centuries. Six more of these songs come from the other two songbooks of the Bible: Song of Solomon and Lamentations. Also, you can find approximately 35 more songs, chants, dirges, and hymns scattered across the Old and New Testaments.

Praising and exalting God through song has always been an important part of Jewish culture and history. You find one of the first songs recorded in scripture in the book of Exodus. God had delivered the Israelites from Egyptian bondage by performing one of the greatest miracles in the Bible when He split the Red Sea allowing them to cross on dry ground. Then He closed the sea on pharaoh and his army completely destroying them. The response of Moses, Miriam, and the Israelites was to sing, “The Song of The Sea.” (Exod. 15:1-21) They praised and exalted God for His love and deliverance. Another example of praising and exalting God through song was demonstrated by David. David knew that his victories over his enemies and deliverance from King Saul was because of God, so in 2 Samuel 22:1-51 David sang a song of worship to God acknowledging His sovereign hand in David’s life. A final example of the importance praise and exaltation of God in Jewish history is found during the reign of King Solomon. The temple had just been completed and now they were ready to begin worship of God. We find this event in 2 Chronicles which says:

12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets 13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5:12–14)

Praise and exaltation of God caused the glory of God to fall and His holy presence was so powerful that the priest couldn’t even stay in the temple. This is an excellent example that music is important to God.

If music is important to God, then why should it also be important to us? Here are five reasons why it should also be important to us:

  1. When you sing, you obey. God’s people are more than just invited to sing; we are commanded to sing. When we sing, we’re doing what God asks of us!
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)

2. When you sing, you dig deep roots in the Word. And, as we observed in the last point, singing is a command. But this command comes with a promise: As we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs together, we are promised that the Word of Christ will dwell in us richly, which is what we should crave as believers!

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs… (Colossians 3:16)

3. When you sing, you build up others. First, you build up fellow believers when you sing. Note specifically here in Ephesians 5:19 that it says: “Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” We see the same thing in Colossians 3:13-16: the exhortation to sing comes on the heels of bearing with one another (v. 13a), forgiving one another (v. 13b), putting on love (v. 14), being at peace as one united body of Christ (v. 15), and teaching God’s Word to one another (v. 16). When we do what the Bible says and sing together as a church family, we are hearing confessions of faith all around! We are hearing hundreds join with us and sing, “In Christ alone, my hope is found!” We are hearing hundreds of testimonies of faith all around us!

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20)

4. When you sing, you are spiritually strengthened for trials. Often times, we think only of singing when we’re happy and times are good, but singing brings strength for trials which we find in Acts 16. Paul and Silas are unjustly imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel, and what do they do while they’re in prison? Sing!

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. (Acts 16:25–26)

5. The most important reason is that when you sing, you glorify God. True obedience, deep roots in the Word, building up others, persevering: All these things bring glory to God, which is each person’s chief goal and purpose.

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious” (Psalm 66:1-2).

When you examine history and the Bible it is clear that music is important to God and should be important to us. It is one of the ways that we express our love and thanksgiving to God for all He has done and does in our lives every day. True worship comes when it comes from our heart to God. God has already given us His love to us, so let us make music a priority in our lives as we express our love to Him!

  1. Brad Ausbury says:

    Chad. Really good post. I enjoyed it a lot. Very good points about singing.

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