Worship by the Book: Music

So we turn now to John Frame’s definition to close the microscope down ever further. The function of music is to glorify God by investing his word with the vividness and memorability that by his grace drives that word into the heart. Let’s look at his definition.

The function of music is to glorify God:

  1. The glory of God is the goal of our lives: Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31
  2. The glory of God is the goal of our worship services: Acts 2:42; Colossians 3:16-17
  3. The glory of God is the goal of our music: Colossians 3:16 (To God); Psalm 96

How do we glorify God in music? By investing his word: Music as instruction

  1. Vividness: Music is powerful;
  2. Memorability: Maskil is a term in the Psalms referring to a teaching Psalm. The Psalm was used to instruct and teach certain subjects through song. For example, most of us taught our kids the alphabet by singing A-B-C-D. John Wesley was a preacher in the early history of our country. Do you remember any of his sermons? Probably not. You probably do remember the work of his brother, however, Charles Wesley: (Hark the Harold Angels Sing).
  3. The Grace of God: Music as mercy to us
    1. Exodus 15: Moses sings “The horse and rider you have thrown into the sea!”
    2. Psalms: Lament; Coronation; Ascents; Maskil;
    3. Magnificat: Luke 1:46-55
    4. Colossians 3:16
    5. Revelation 19:1-7 The song of the redeemed at the end of redemptive history!

What is the result of the investment of the word of Christ? The word is driven into the heart. The heart is the center of all that you are. When that becomes saturated with Christ, then substantial change begins to occur in every other area of life.

 

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