No sense in denying it, we are musical creatures. Those who would say otherwise are either extremely hard-hearted or liars or both. Now, I am, as Pastor Burke, not a musical expert, though I too have some musical branches in my family tree. My grandfather was a church songleader and my grandmother a church pianist. That passed on to my father who began, at age 4, to learn to play the piano by ear. What has that done for me? Not much other than give me a great love of music and an ear to appreciate it when it's done well. More importantly, I've learned the affect that music can have, both good and bad. To continue my line of thought of the principle of sowing and reaping, may I then pose the question, what are we sowing, musically in our homes? If we're not singing it, what "good" music will our children hear in the course of a week outside of church? As for the world's music they will hear it from the t.v., movies, video games, restaurants, grocery and department stores, etc., and those are just the ones we know about. Granted, some of those can't be helped, but if we allow it to pour in unfiltered through their entertainment, how likely will they use discernment to block it when thy're out in the world? Now flip that scenario around for a moment and consider the positive effect it has the one time of the year that, by and large, the music is fairly acceptable. Is it just me, or does the overall spirit of people at Christmas time seem to be just a bit brighter than usual?(Black Friday being the exception, of course)
Music is powerful. God instructs us to sing, to use music as a tool to instruct others. Singing is not for His benefit, but for ours. So why don't we sing. Pride. Rebellion. Disobedience. Psalm 22:3 says God inhabits praise. He deserves it. By not singing we take from God what He is justly due. One of the results of great revivals goen by was that singing could be heard, not only from the churchhouses but also from the individual homes of those affected by the revivals. One final question in closing? If Satan's follower's show such fervor and enthusiasm in singing his praises, why can't the disciples of the King of kings and Lord of lords do the same?
C. Lee Carr