Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Making Music Unto the Lord

There are numerous verses that contain reference to worship and making music to the Lord, especially many Psalms. Worshipping and making music together is something my family loves to do. We love to play instruments together, sing harmony, and worship. I received a guitar for my birthday a couple years ago, and recently I began playing/practicing more. I am teaching myself how to play, in order to be able to play worship chords. In our church we have a handful of guitarists, either who are beginners or who haven’t played in a while. We found on our first attempt that it is tremendously fun to make music unto the Lord together in worship. Psalm 92:1-4 says, “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.” Now, I don’t play the harp (although I would love to learn), but for us, the melody of the guitars substitutes in this verse. As it says in Judges 5:3, “I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD”, so we did, and although it was not magnificent and awe-inspiring (for we had not practiced), it was thoroughly enjoyable. The Lord loves it when His people, in right relationship with Him, call upon Him in worship. Psalm 29:2 articulates it well: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness.” In the end, we decided we must do this again, after some practice.

I close with a Psalm I absolutely love—Psalm 100. “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

3 comments:

Mandy Grace said...

I love it that God has given us so many different ways to worship Him. One of the reasons I wanted to learn how to play the violin was so that I could start playing hymns. :-)

Thank you for your thoughts on my Elsie post! I agree - we should look at everything from a biblical perspective, both Elsie's mistakes and her good example can be learned from.

Joyfully,
Mandy

Anna S said...

Thank you for visiting me, Allison - and nice to meet you! I truly think there isn't a poetry more beautiful, or more suitable to put into music, than the Psalms.

Rebekah S. said...

I love those verses!! It is so wonderful to sing praises to the Lord! I just love worshipping God through song! I unfortuntely don't play any instruments currently, but I really want to learn the piano, violin, harp and flute sometime. I just love to hear the voices of the Lord's people being raised up to Him in song!

There's nothing like worshiping the Lord!
Thanks for a great post!