Monday, June 27, 2011

Why Do We Sing In Church?

EXODUS 15:1-21
Evangelist Dennis Deese

A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted.

The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. "Fetch the Bible," he commanded.

The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner.

"Now find Psalm 23," he commanded.

The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw.

The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.

That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed.

One man asked, "Can he do regular dog tricks, too?"

"I haven't tried yet," the pastor replied.

He pointed his finger at the dog. "HEEL!" the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl.

The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, "Good night! He's Pentecostal!"

When it comes to music and worship, we Baptist remind me of that couple!

Why do you think the Devil hates music in church so much? Because it reminds him of what he used to have and be!

Ezekiel 28:13 seems to indicate that Satan was involved with music in Heaven. The two Scripture passages that describe Satan before he fell are Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-15. Satan was the “anointed cherub” (Eze 28:14). He was adorned with every precious jewel imaginable (Eze 28:13). He was “the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Eze 28:12b). Likely he was the highest of all angels. He was persuasive enough to convince one-third of the angels to join him in his rebellion (Rev 12:4). Even after his fall from heaven, not even Michael the archangel dares to stand up to him without the Lord’s help (Jude 9). Satan fell because of pride. He did not like being “second best”. He wanted to be God: “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain’” (Isa 14:13).

Was Satan the head musician? I don’t know. Scripture does not say enough about what his duties were in heaven. Considering the fact that the angels constantly worship God (Isa 6:3; Rev 4:8), it is possible that Satan led in worship. For Satan to rebel despite having such an exalted position and close relationship with God – the devil is surely due his eternal destiny (Rev 20:10). Adapted from Got Questions Ministries

We need to ascertain, discern and realize from scripture the:

I. EXAMPLES OF SINGING 15:1 “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord”

1. Regularly Employed

1Ch 9:33 And these [are] the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, [who remaining] in the chambers [were] free: for they were employed in [that] work day and night.

2. Assisted by a full Orchestra

1Ch 15:16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren [to be] the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

1Ch 23:5 Moreover four thousand [were] porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, [said David], to praise [therewith].

2Sa 6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of [instruments made of] fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

3. Choirs led by Precentor (music minister)

1Ch 15:27 And David [was] clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah (ken uh NIGH uh) the master of the song with the singers: David also [had] upon him an ephod of linen.

4. It led to the manifestation of God’s glory

2Ch 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers [were] as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: that [then] the house was filled with a cloud, [even] the house of the LORD;

5. They sang new songs

Ps 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

Ps 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Ps 96:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.

Ps 98:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

Ps 144:9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

Ps 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise in the congregation of saints.

Isa 42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

Re 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

6. They sang in times of suffering

Ac 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Jesus sang at the end of the Lord’s supper, before going to the cross and when He was betrayed

Mr 14:26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

II. EXHORTATION TO SING 15:1, 21 “I will sing unto the Lord”

Psalms 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Psalms 81:1 <> Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

Psalms 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

III. ESSENCE OF SINGING 15:1-21

Essentially the essence or motivation for singing is composed of three parts.

A. Adoration 15:1, 6-7

B. Appreciation 15:2,

Psalms 104:33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalms 13:6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Ps 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

C. Acclamation 15:3

1Pe 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

We’ve seen the exhortation, examples and the essence of singing in the Bible. What are you going to do now? Will you come before His presence with singing?

Psalms 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

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