What is Christian Music?
Christian music is a form of music that has it main objective to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christianity and Faith. This form of music vary widely over the world and is divided into some categories which include praise, worship, penitence, and lament.
In music, we have a powerful tool for our lives, our hearts, and our souls. There we find joy, sorrow, wisdom, commitment, motivation, and strength as we pour ourselves before God in music.
Though the practice have started for a long while even as we realized that David the psalmist also sang and his songs are used for admonition
Late Larry Norman (died of heart failure when he was 60) is the man who first started the Christian rock music. He was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The establishment of the Christian Music in today’s church and among congregation started since the “Jesus movement revival in the latter 1960s and early 1970s,” and was originally called Jesus music before we lately call it Christian Music.
Why is Christian Music Exceptional?
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Music plays an important roles in all our lives. And it is very difficult to imagine a world without music. We may choose which kind of music we listen to for our own personal enjoyment or benefits but we are also subject to music in all kinds of places. Background music are inevitably played in shops, restaurants, hotels, when we are waiting on the telephone for example caller tune. Music communicates emotion, thoughts and inspiration transcending race, religion and culture, playing an integral role in the spiritual and emotional well being of our lives. Individuals do not always respond in the same way to a piece of music or a song; it depends on their experience of life, the environment and their personal beliefs and their personal preference.
Christian Music provide important opportunities for spiritual development. Spiritual development can be encouraged by using music in a Religious education. And providing calm environment to help children respond to the music they hear and to relate it to the world around them and their inner thoughts.
They are exceptionally created for the purpose of recreation, restoration, education, edification, to revive the spirit and to ensure smooth relationship with the creator.
How to Listen to Christian Music Effectively
To be an effective listening of Christian Music, I mean for the music to leave you with a touch, then you must pay attention to the music lyrics. Know what the singer is passing across, thereafter you follow the simple steps below;
1. Pay attention to how the music makes you feel e.g. happy, sad, angry, sleepy etc
2. Have an image of where the music takes you to e.g. seaside, spooky castle, heaven etc
3. Discuss different responses
4. Explains that we are all different so our image and feelings will all be different. Music helps us to think about ourselves and other people and places and what is really important to us.
5. On subsequent hearing, begin to ask yourself some questions about the music.
6. Discuss reactions and responses to the music.
Understand that music helps us to express ourselves, whether we are listening, performing or composing. It is a way of communicating without words.
Why is Music Important in Worship?
Over time, we have heard a lot about how music brings down the presence of God. Great ministers confirm that the easiest way to invite the presence of God into a gathering is music. This should explain the exceptionally and uniqueness of Christian Music, yet there are still lot’s of reasons why we cannot leave out music in our worship.
• Music teaches us the gospel.
Hymns and spiritual songs take our faith and compact it. In fact, the melody and phrasing of the music makes our faith memorable. Before we hear a word of scripture read or preached in the service, we’ve already taken in page after page through our singing. Hymns and other forms of music instruct us in the Good News, touching our hearts as well as our minds.
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• Music connects us to God in unique ways
The purpose of music goes beyond mere instruction, however. In many ways, it allows for a direct connection with God in ways sermons can’t or don’t. Singing allows a part of our hearts to speak to God in a way that doesn’t happen as we hear the spoken word.
Singing as a part of Christian worship is so much more than mere mental exercise. God created us to communicate with the very depths of our spirit, and singing is a way we can accomplish this in a profound and meaningful way.
• Music allows us to express our love to God with our whole being.
Scripture commands us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might”. This verse emphasizes the entire body, not through outward actions but devotion and love.
In the New Testament, Jesus responds to a lawyer who asked him about the greatest commandment by pointing back to this same passage, saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 KJV).
Singing is one of the ways in which we express our love towards God with our whole being. We engage every part of our being in worship to God.
Worshipping through music changes and transforms us. It inclines our hearts to God in ways other firms can’t accomplish. Worship strengthens us, convicts us, builds us up, and even restores us. In other words, when we sing and devote our whole selves to God, something godly happens within us.
• Music as worship fulfils God’s command.
We’re commanded to sing. Within the Psalms (prayers set to music, the hymnal of the Old Testament) we read, “I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will compass Thine altar, O Lord. That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.,” (Psalm 26:6-7 KJV); “Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. (Psalm 98:5 KJV); and “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2 KJV).
God calls us to sing praise to the Lord and to sing in his presence. The New Testament affirms this call. The Ephesians were urged not only but us too “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”(Eph. 5:18-20 KJV).
Conclusively, we should always consider Music as important in Christian gatherings. It is the Lord’s command.
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