[bible1year] Devotional comments on I Chron. 25-29

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 7 May 2015 11:42:32 -0000

        In chapter 25 we are given the number and offices of the 
singers and musicians. As we have seen earlier, Asaph, Jeduthun, and 
Heman were the master leaders in song and music. Israel's worship in 
song and music was very spiritual and often prophetic. It was always 
Scriptural, permeated with the Words of God. In Christian worship we 
are to have exactly the same spiritual fiber in our musical 
ministry. Colossians 3:16 tells us, "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."

        I firmly believe good music has a definite part in the 
Gospel ministry today. I very strongly believe the preaching of 
God's Word is the most important part. However, a good music program 
should do two things: It should communicate God's Word in message 
and song; and it should prepare the hearts of those who are 
listening for the spoken Word which is to follow. Many times God 
uses a singer to break the hearts of the people and prepare them for 
the message before the preacher stands before them to preach. We 
often hear of people who have received Christ as Lord and Saviour 
through the musical program of the church. Many are saved through 
good Gospel music. More than that, the hearts of God's people are 
greatly blessed when the music is sung in the power of the Spirit. 
It is just another way of presenting the Gospel. Every local church 
needs a dynamic and spiritual musical program. Nothing can be more 
detrimental to a church than dead, cold music. It is advantageous to 
every church service to have an involved congregation in its music 
program. Congregational singing, with power and spirit, also 
prepares the hearts of those in the congregation. I am a firm 
believer that God uses music in His work second only to preaching.