Encouraging a higher standard for Christian music

Have you ever stopped to consider what the point of your church music program ought to be? What should a “mission statement” for the music department look like?

Biblically, the aim of our music is to:

  • Praise the Lord (Psalm 69:30)
  • Worship the Lord (Psalm 66:4)
  • Remind believers of the goodness of God (Psalm 145:7)
  • Reflect our personal thankfulness for what He has done (Psalm 28:7)
  • Teach sound doctrine (Deuteronomy 31:19-22, Colossians 3:16)
  • Be a convicting testimony to the lost (Psalm 40:1-3)

Everything that is done musically in your church ought to revolve around these concepts. If you have never done so, you need to read and study all of the references to music in the Bible. God is very clear about what is acceptable music.

Please note some of the concepts that are conspicuously absent from the previous list. Church music is NOT about:

  • Entertaining
  • Drawing a crowd for a special occasion
  • Appealing to a worldly audience
  • Hosting concert tours
  • Raising money
  • Selling recordings
  • Increasing weekly church attendance
  • Keeping the interest of young people
  • Impressing visitors
  • Creating newsworthy events
  • Manipulating the emotions of the congregation
  • Creating interludes or “bumper music” between events
  • Promoting “Christian” celebrities
  • Giving favors or positions of prominence to certain church members

Every so often, it is good for us to reflect on how we use music in our church services. Let’s not trivialize or cheapen this powerful tool of communication by imitating the world’s philosophy of music. Keep your music clean, purposeful, God-honoring and Biblical.

copyright © 2009 by Asaph Music Co. 

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