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Most people enjoy music. And almost every person has a preference for the type of music they enjoy.

The type of music that I enjoy is music that is gentle and harmonious. That type of beautiful music awakens something deep inside my heart and soul that feeds my spirit with both pleasure and peace.

The type of music I do not enjoy is loud, electronically amplified music. Electronically amplified music sounds to me like barbed wire being pulled through holes in a metal garbage can. And it causes me pain! Ever since I was a very young child, loud music profoundly agitated me and almost made me physically ill. It still does.

My favourite type of music is A Cappella singing. The power and effect of the human voice brings me joy and peace when I listen to people singing in harmony.

I find the following two videos quite interesting. The first is a song performed by the Canadian band, Walk Off the Earth. The purity of the singer’s voices; the simplicity of the rhythm and the instrumental accompaniment is something I truly enjoy.

LITTLE BOXES, Written by Malivna Reynolds and performed by the Canadian Band “Walk Off the Earth.”

Here is my favorite a cappella song. I love the message and listening to the harmonious blending of the singer’s voices!

Perhaps we are commanded in Hebrews 13:15 to praise the Lord with our lips because the sounds our lips make are sounds that differ significantly from the sounds made by mechanical devices, and therefore, because the sounds are not made by hands they are pleasing to the Lord?

I also wonder if we are commanded to praise God with our lips because there are only so many sounds our lips can make and so many types of songs that can be sung vocally by any given congregation? If that were the case, think of how much conflict could be avoided in churches over the style or volume of the music selections!

The introduction of musical instruments in worship was introduced five hundred years after Moses received the Law from Mt. Sinai. God commanded King David to use musical instruments when he brought the Ark of the Covenant and all the worship of Moses’s Law into Jerusalem (1 Chr 16). God instructed David to establish worship with “the musical instruments of God” (1 Chr 16:42 ESV).

Many of us have our own opinions and preferences as to worship music, and hopefully, these opionions are formed on the basis of scripture, not just personal preference. Some believers feel that singing in church should not be accompanied by instrumental music. Here is an excerpt from an article by T. David Gordon that delves into this issue with depth and understanding.

Congregational praise is a commanded duty that can be audibly discerned; we should hear congregational praise when it is sung, and nothing else (choir, organ, marching band, bagpipe) should be permitted to obscure the thing that is commanded.

Read the complete article: The Problem With Praise Teams

Here is a link to an article by John Piper who addresses this issue from an entirely different perspective:

Is it Okay to Use Musical Instruments in Worship?

If I am attending a church that uses musical instruments I enjoy the music. If I am attending a church that sings, but does not use musical instruments, I enjoy the music. If I am attending a church that uses loud, overly-amplified music, I do not enjoy the music.

Having said that, I am ever mindful that it is both a command and a privilege to sing praises to the Lord with our hearts and voices in fellowship with other believers. What matters is the offering of acceptable, scripturally-ordained praise to our holy and praise-worthy God. The enjoyment of so doing is simply a by-product of worshipping the Lord in song!

Wow! I sure took the long way around town to say that I like singing and acoustic instrumental music, and that electronic buzzing noises masquerading as music drives me bonkers.

Jesus told us to worship him in spirit and in truth. May all worship music take us in that direction, with or without overly loud or overly soft instrumental accompaniment!

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For an interesting read on the topic of worship music, I recently came across a book that was first published in 1980 entitled: The Rebirth of Music by Lamar Boschman.

The Rebirth of Music is quickly becoming a classic in its presentation of the Bible’s major emphasis on music. You will discover why music is mentioned 989 times in the Scriptures and why God places such a major priority on it. (Reference quoted from Amazon.com)

I found this book to be an interesting and informative read.

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