The Ministry of Music 3

PLACE OF HUMAN TRAINING OR NATURAL TALENT HAVE IN THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC
A.   Some skill (human training) is involved in ministering through music. (I Samuel 16:17, Psalms 33:3, I Chronicles 15:22, I Chronicles 25:7)       
B.  In the Old Testament there were instructors of music. (I Chronicles 15:22, I Chronicles 25:7, 8, II Chronicles 23:12)
C.  However, skill is not enough. It is the anointing that breaks the yoke (I Samuel 16:18). There is a realm of prophetic music. (I Samuel 16:14-23, II Kings 3:15, I Chronicles 25: 1, 3, 6, 7)      
D.  As a musician, David was famous for both the skill by which he played and the anointing under which he ministered. (I Samuel 16:16-23)
E.   Truly anointed music has a powerful effect on its hearers. (Psalms 149:5-9,  II Chronicles 5:13,14,Psalms149:5-9,IIKings3:14-16) 

SCRIPTURES REPEATED EXHORTATION TO "SING UNTO THE LORD!"
 (Exodus15:21,Psalms33:3;81:1;149:1;Ephesians5:18,19)

A.   Singing was a very prominent part of worship in the Old Testament. (I Chronicles 16:9, Ezra 2:41, Nehemiah 7:6 7, Psalms 66:2, 4; 68:4, 25, 32.)
  • Solomon's songs numbered 1,005. (I Kings 4:32)
  • David had a choir of 288 voices.( I Chronicles 25:7)
  • Worship in song marked many of the historical achievements of Israel
a.   Moses and the children of Israel, at the crossing of the Red Sea. (Exodus 15:1, 2,21)
b.   Deborah and Barak, at the defeat of Sisera. (Judges 5)
c.   David and all Israel, at the bringing up of the ark of God. (I Chronicles 15)
d.   The Levites, at the foundation of the house of the LORD (II Chronicles 5:12)
e.   The dedication of the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 12:27-29)
f. Those who were exceptionally skillful were appointed to be song leaders. (I      Chronicles 15:22, 27,
Nehemiah 12:46)

Jesus and His disciples sang when gathered together. (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26)

C.  The early church knew the power of praising God in song. (Acts 2:46, 47; 16:25, 26, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13)

D.   The angels of God worship continually in song. (Isaiah 6:3, Luke 2:13, 14

E.   This is what we will be doing for all eternity. (Revelation 5:9; 14:3; 15:3)


V.    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINGING PREPARED MUSIC, IN WHICH THE WORDS AND TUNE ARE SET (II Chronicles 29:28), AND THE SPONTANEOUS, UNPREMEDITATED MELODY OF "SINGING IN THE SPIRIT" (Colossians 3:16).

A.  Spiritual worship is different from any type of natural singing. (I Corinthians 14:15)

B.   It is "a new song," never before heard. ( Psalms 33:3; 149:1)

C.   It is acceptable in the assembly as well as in private prayer. (Acts 4:24, Ephesians 5:18, 19)


VI.   DID DANCING HISTORICALLY HAVE ANY PLACE AMONG THE PEOPLE OF GOD?

  1. Dancing commonly took place at the celebration of military victories. (I Samuel 18:6,  I Samuel 21:11, I Samuel 30:16)

  1. It was accompanied very early by the playing of musical instruments and singing. (Exodus15:20, 21, Judges 11:34, I Samuel 18:6; 2:1, Job 21:11, 12)
  C. Both men (I Samuel 6:14; 30:16; I Chronicles 15:29; Acts 3:6-8) and women (Exodus 15:20,   21; Judges 2:21; 11:34; I Samuel 18:6) took part in this means of expression.
  D. Although intended for the praise of God (Psalms 149:3; 150:4), dancing soon came to be a common practice in the worship of pagan gods as well (Exodus 32:6; 19; I Kings 18:26)
E. As an expression of joy (Psalms 30:11; Lamentations 5:15), dancing is prophetically described by Jeremiah as present among God's people at the fulfillment of the promise of full restoration. (Jeremiah 31:4 ,  Jeremiah 31:13)
F.   "David danced before the Lord with all his might" at the bringing up of the ark of God. (II Samuel 6:5, 14, I Chronicles 13:8)  NOTE: The same word literally translated "danced" in verse 14 is in verse 5 mistranslated "played."
G.   Although evil when used to appeal to the canal nature of man (Matthew 14:6; Mark 6:22), dancing is appropriate in its place (Ecclesiastes 3:4) and is not to be despised (I Chronicles 15:29). The scriptures exhort us to praise God in dance (Psalms 149:3; 150:4).
VII.    IMPORTANCE OF HEART ATTITUDES OF INDIVIDUALS AND ENTIRE GROUP PARTICIPATION FOR THE SPIRIT TO MOVE IN A WORSHIP SERVICE.
  1. The importance of unity. (II Chronicles 5:13, Acts 2:1-4)

  1. "With gladness" and joy. (I Chronicles 15:16, II Chronicles 29:28, 30, Nehemiah 12:27

  1.    "With all their might." (I Chronicles 13:8)

  1.    "In your heart" (not routinely) and "to the Lord" (not to each other or to an audience). (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19)


VIII. BY THE USE OF INSTRUMENTS, SONG, OR DANCE, IS MUSIC IS A VERY SCRIPTURAL MEANS OF EXPRESSION TOWARDS GOD?
A.   Hundreds of scripture verses describe or make reference to the purest form of music – the spiritual worship that will fill all eternity. (Psalms 150; Revelation 5:8-14; 7:15)
B.   This liberty of expression is a delight to God (Psalms 149:3, 4). It is the very purpose for which man was created (Revelation 4:11)


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