Monday, July 28, 2014

Quote for the Day

Quote for the Day
“Your biggest battle today will probably be keeping your attention on HIM.”  Rev. Benny Durr Sr.

Ten Things that Matter to a Minister of Music

Ten Things that Matter to a Minister of Music 

            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 commandments.
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 hallowed it.
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 neighbor.
10. Thou shalt 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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Prayer, Song , and Thought for the Day

Prayer for Ministers of Music.

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.
Song for the Day From every Stormy Wind by Hugh Stowell
Thought 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.


Proclaim the Worship of the Lord

Proclaim the Worship of the Lord
            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 before  the 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.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Prayer, song, and Thought for the Day

Prayer for the Day
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.
Song for the Day Wonderful Savior by J.M. Harris
Quote for the Day
“What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” ( Richard Grimilion)


Venting Our Joy through Our Musicing

Venting Our Joy through Our Musicing
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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Prayer, Song, and Thought for the Day

Prayer for the Day

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 mighty name.  Amen.
Song for the DayMy Jesus I Love Thee by A. J. Gordon
Thought 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.


The Comfort of Scriptures about Music

  The Comfort of Scriptures about Music
           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.