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“A glad heart makes a cheerful face.”

Proverbs 15:13

Music is a sweet salve for the soul.

When I am troubled, restless, or in a really rotten mood, the best thing I can do for the world is to put a song in my heart.

When my heart smiles, so does my face.

The Christian Church has had plenty of arguments over music. What God intended to be a blessing for the soul, we have made into a battleground.

The best form of worship is praise. The best way to praise God is to sing His praises. When you are praising God the style, form, shape, and beat of the music becomes incidental.

I have been searching the Bible and still cannot find the verse that says God prefers one form of praise music over another. Considering the decibel level of arguments in the Christian Church about music, there has to be a verse which I am missing.

The first song in the Bible was The Song of Moses:

I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation;

this is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (1)

God had just freed Moses and the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. They were filled with gratefulness and joy. There was no time to discuss whether to sing to organ, guitar, piano, or drums. The people were so happy they broke out into song.

Moses’ song sustained the people for 40 years.

I took a peek at the Book of Revelation. Guess what the agenda is for heaven. No sports, no political debates, no trips to the shore are mentioned. The only thing we know for sure is that we will be gathered in worship around God’s throne, singing God’s praise.

Here’s what they were singing:

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!”

Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they existed and were created.” (2)

There are no musical notes about instrumentation.

The instructions are simple, just sing praise.

Heaven will be a happy place! Praise God!

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  1. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Exodus 15:1–2.
  2. he Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Revelation 4:8 and 11.
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This is my Father’s world, 

and to my listening ears all nature sings, 

and round me rings the music of the spheres … (1)

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The carols of the songbird which greet the morning and welcome the evening are one of the blessings of God.  

In the morning their songs are grateful praise thanking God for bringing them through the night.  In the evening their songs thank God for the provisions of food, water, and shelter during the day.

Life is simpler and more joyous when each day is opened and closed in grateful praise.

Music is the universal language of praise and prayer.  It is the balm which soothes the troubled soul and which lifts the downcast spirit.

It is easier to sing your worries away than to reason them away! (2)

When trouble overwhelms me, when peace eludes me, and when Satan pursues me, music delivers me into the loving arms of God and causes my enemies to flee.

I have been blessed with a deep appreciation for all styles of music, as long as it praises God.  From David Crowder to Bach, from Isaac Watts to Jason Upton, from Michael W. Smith to Leigh Nash, I find God’s grace in every song.

All music which is written and sung for the glory of God is good music.  

We will find common ground in God’s holy kingdom when we gather to praise Him as Heaven’s Choir as we sing traditional, contemporary, blended, country, cowboy, sacred, spiritual, and a-cappella music to our Lord and Savior.

All music breathes the praise of the saints, the vision of the prophets, the prayers of the penitent and the spirit of the martyrs.  All praise brings solace to the sad, assurance to the perplexed, faith to the doubter and comfort to the oppressed. (3)

Sing to the Lord a new song! (4)

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  1. Hymn: This Is My Father’s World, by Maltbie Davenport Babcock. 
  2. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 183). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. 
  3. Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990), 8.
  4. Psalm 149:1

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