I read another of the “Hallel Psalms” (Psalm 147) this morning during “Coffee with the Lord” … It’s theme? Singing to the Lord!
Here is what the song declares on that topic…
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting! [Then some of the reasons why…]
“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. [Then back to the theme…]
“Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! [Then a few more reasons to sing to Him…]
“He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love!” (From Psalm 147:1-11 ESV)
The other day I as I was selecting some worship music and noticed a disclaimer in the iTunes Store about some of the music they were advertising… the disclaimer was “Explicit lyrics.” I grieved! What a perversion of a song – what a violation of what music ought to be!
Singing… music was intended for worshipful expression! I enjoy wholesome, beautiful music – it doesn’t just have to be sacred, religious music to be appropriate and uplifting! But it certainly must not be demeaning and degrading. Music was intended to be God-glorifying, as every other expression of the human spirit and soul was intended to be. Let me tell you, I intend to keep the music I enjoy and participate in that kind of music!
One more time… “Praise the Lord! It is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting!”