We’ve heard a lot about ‘worship wars’ over the last few years. This primarily refers to the type of music incorporated in public worship services. Some people like a more contemporary musical sound to lead the public worship. Others like a more traditional sound. This battlefield of style has ruined relationships and even split churches. Satan doesn’t care how you like to worship, as long as your focus comes off of the true object of worship.
Frankly, God doesn’t care about your style as long as your heart is in the right place spiritually. Some people and churches are more subdued and reflective in their style. They experience some things of God by allowing His voice to be heard in the absence of human voices and instruments. Others have what appears to be a full-on concert experience with God as the star, complete with loud instrumentation, special lights, and even smoke.
I’m fine with both extremes and everywhere in between… as long as it is authentic. That being said, there is a passage of Scripture that encourages a type of worship. There are in fact several such passages. But this one is quite descriptive of how we should worship.
Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
This is not a command to always worship with over the top music. It is a recognition of the majesty of God. To you it may be a confirmation that God deserves our most outstanding praise. To others it may be permission to become more outlandish in their worship. Regardless, we know He is worthy of our most outrageous praise.
I also like the idea represented that not only should all of nature praise the Lord, but God can even receive wonderful praise by man-made instruments. How cool it is that He gives us the ability to design and create instruments of worship, and when we honestly play them loudly, He receives glory.
Today in worship, don’t worry about how loud the music is, focus on how great God is. Frankly, there is no music that is loud enough to match His excellence.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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