Many times ministers of
music get confused about what is and is not worth fighting for.In this confusion they fight for minor things
instead of the things that really matter.Below is a list of the main things.If you will contend for them, you will be so busy that you will not have
time to fuss with other over the minor things.
1.Ex 20:3 Thou
shalt have no other gods before me.
2.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or
any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation
of them that hate me; Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my
3.Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in
vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4.Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy
work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt
not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy
maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in
six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and
rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and
5.Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may
be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
6.Thou shalt not kill.
7.Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8.Thou shalt not steal.
9.Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor
his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing
that is thy neighbour's.
Lord of all ministers of music I am asking you to show Yourself
strong.Your chief musicians need your
strong and mighty hand to lift them up in the most holy faith.I am asking you to defeat the enemy of their
souls.Lord they are not a match for the
wiles of the Devil.Please help them to
understand that Satan is the accuser of Your musical servants. He is going to
about as a roaring lion seeking to destroy their faith and courage.Also, I am asking You to help your
ministering musical servants to realize how important their musicing is to Your
kingdom.These petitions I ask In the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.Amen.
for the Day From
every Stormy Wind by Hugh Stowell
for the Day
You may not think that your ministry is valuable or efficacious but it is
perfect if it is all God wishes it to be.
Jeremiah 7:2, “Stand in
the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the
word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the
LORD.God told Jeremiah to stand at the
gate beforethe Temple which was His
house of worship and remind everyone who came through the gate that they the
reason they were entering was to hear the word of the LORD worship the
self-existent, independent eternal God.Ministers of music may not stand at the front door of the sanctuary as
people enter, but they do try to cause the people who enter to worship God by
musicing unto Him.Much like the prophet
Jeremiah worship leaders stand before the people and proclaim the word of the
LORD through their leading by example.
Ministers of music have
a great responsibility to show the joy of the Lord on their faces because God’s
Word declares that it is their “strength”.When a worship leader stands before a congregation, he or she does not
have the option to look sad or beat up emotionally.God has chosen His chief musicians to cause
the people to have a better understanding of who He is and what he does for his
people.This mission is accomplished
through efficacious musical leadership.So, every worship leader should begin worship service preparation by
tuning his or heart so that he or she will be prepared to proclaim the worship
of the LORD.
Lord, I want You to know that I am serving you on purpose.I also want everyone else to know that I am
happy serving You.Lord receive my song
of joy as an offering of praise and adoration.I love You Lord and want to serve You on purpose for the rest of my
life.Please help me to vent my joy
through my offering of musical praise to You.These things I am asking in Your name. Amen.
for the Day Wonderful
Savior by J.M. Harris
for the Day
“What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” (
Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted
in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song
will I praise him.” Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Treasury of David,“A song is the soul's fittest method of giving
vent to its happiness, it were well if we were more like the singing lark, and
less like the croaking raven. When the heart is glowing, the lips should not be
silent.When God blesses us, we should
bless him with all our heart.” Christian
musicians often vent their feelings when they are not happy, but they need to
also vent their happiness in serving Jesus Christ.
Psychologists tell us
that it is a good thing to give vent to one’s negative feelings.This is probably the truth, bit I contend
that it is much more important for them to express outwardly through their
musicing their joy in serving Jesus Christ.Christian musician have you expressed your joy in serving the Lord
lately?I do not mean did you sung
lately, but rather was your musicing a genuine expression of love to God?I suggest that you take time right now to
bless the Lord with a song of praise.It
would be a good thing to let Satan know exactly where you stand and whose side
you are on at this very moment.
Precious Savior I am asking You to give special encouragement to all
those ministers of music and music educators who are careful how they music in
your wonderful name.Please do not let
them become weary in well doing.I am
also asking that you would anoint their careful music ministries and make their
work efficacious.Give them power for
musical service that can only come through your guidance and help.These things I am praying in Your Strong and
for the Day—My Jesus I
Love Thee by A. J. Gordon
for the Day
God Gave His musicians over six hundred references to music in His Word
because He is wise, all knowing, and cares about what they do.Now we need to study God’s word and ask Him
to increase our understanding.
Ps 147:7 declares, “Sing unto the LORD with
thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:” Strong’s Exhaustive concordance explains that the Hebrew word anah
(6030) which was translated sing in the AV means to sing together by course and
todah (8426) means “an extension of the hand, i.e. (by implication) avowal, or
(usually) adoration; specifically, a choir of worshippers”.So, Christian musicians should sing back and
forth to each other with upraised hands the praises of God.Furthermore, they are to sing these praises
with an instrumental accompaniment (i.e. zamar 2167, kinore 3658).
You may be wondering why
I gave all the particulars about musicing unto God in a devotional.The reason is that God’s word is very
specific in this verse about how we should music unto Him.As a Christian musician, I find great comfort
in this specifity in an age when so many church musicians believe that the
Bible does not say much of value about our musicing.So, when you feel pressed to accept all the
stuff that is being said by post postmoderns, just remember that the Bible has
much to say about how we should worship Him with music.