Musical worship is a uniting thread of the Bible. The early leaders of the faith rejoiced in song when the Lord proved His faithfulness, goodness, and holiness. They marveled at His great works and responded in song. Moses rejoices when God delivers Israel from their enemies (Ex. 15:1-18), Hannah offers a prayer psalm in response to the Lord answering her prayer for a child (1 Sam. 2:1-10), David composed many psalms and was a proficient musician and worship leader, the book of Lamentations is a song of lament offered to God in the midst of unbearable heartache, many of the prophets speak and prophesy in poems and songs, Mary offers a song of praise when she was informed that she would carry the Messiah (Lk. 2:46-55), the early church sang together (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), and one day all believers will worship at the throne of God forever (Rev. 4). Worship is an integral part of the life of the people of God. When the church comes together and collectively lifts their voices in worship, a deep spiritual event occurs.
In Ephesians 5, Paul encourages believers to be controlled by the Spirit. Believers, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, should then lift their voices in “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” for the building up of the church. This holy act draws the church into a space where the truth of God’s Word informs their emotions and spirits and outpours into a musical response.
We will have an opportunity to set intentional time aside to do this very thing on August 27 from 7 – 8:30 PM. There, we will gather to join the procession of worshippers that starts with the earliest fathers of the faith. We will join together in song under the guidance of the Spirit and the direction of the Word. We hope you will join us as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.