When God prescribed worship throughout the Scriptures, the whole person was involved, not just the mind, but all five senses - sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. In our sense of sound and hearing, Psalm 150 gives us instructions as to the types of musical instruments that were used to praise God. Psalm 95 and 100 give us the vocal instruments, namely our voices, used to create music that praise our God. Anthropologists and biologists tell us that human beings have an extraordinary capacity of verbal communication, which is one of the distinctive things that differentiates humans from the animals. Simply put, when God created you, He created you with not only the ability to speak, but also the ability to sing. Knowing that we are to use every ability we have for God's glory and honor, we then must use our voices in the service of praise and in the expression of worship that we offer to God. However, just as with the issue of instrumentation, there is a controversy regarding the issue of singing in worship.

     The controversy erupts when we ask, "What types of songs are appropriate for use in the context of worship?" In every culture and every age, whatever is in fashion or in voguemusically within a given culture, will be imitated in all the various spheres of that culture, including in the life of the Church. But whatever we sing must be consistent with the Word of God, and it should be theologically and biblically sound. We need songs that will communicate biblical truth. The beauty of worship is never to be divorced from the truth of worship.

     Does your sense of sound compel you to use your voice to create melody, harmony, and rhythm that express your joy of knowing God? Remember all of our senses combined together resound in a symphony that expresses the beauty and the glory of God. All of this expressed through my own person. What a blessing to God you are!

Jim LetiziaComment