MAY 7 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.