1 Samuel 16:21 – So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he (David) became his armor bearer. (Verse 23) And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.
Have you ever known someone who when they walked into a room, calmness came or the opposite happened, tension? On the other hand, how about having a very tough week, and when you walk into your house of worship on Sunday or Saturday, the music is playing and you feel the presence of God, and everything that troubled you seems to melt away?
Through David’s presence and music playing, it brought relief to King Saul. He began to love David (Verse 22).
Music is a ministry.
Martin Luther believed that the Reformation was not complete until the saints of God were in possession of a Bible of their own and a hymnal, which they called Psalter. He felt both these books would lead to a deeper understanding of their faith and express joy and delight to the depths of that faith.
Genuine worship needs a doctrine (Bible) that deepens our roots in Biblical truth and melody as it flows from our lips and our voices in song to the Lord.
Job tells us “the morning stars sang together.” Angels are sometimes referred to as stars in scripture. In the Book of Revelation when we gather around the throne of heaven, we will be in song, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.”
I know of a certain denomination that does not allow any musical instrument in it’s building of worship. Won’t they be shocked in heaven? To think they missed out on the music they could have been playing unto the Lord, while on earth. Wonder what they do with all the Psalms in the Bible that were written to music and played with instruments? The worship of our God, is going to involve musical instruments.
Only the mature in faith will spend time in the book of Psalms. Psalms are for people who have decided that music is an art that requires keen thinking and a heart that is after God, as David’s was. When we start reading the psalms, they will sooth and refresh our very soul. When we read them, they will give us a way of expressing our love and appreciation of our Beloved Creator! There are Psalms for whatever we need, healing, depression, deliverance, and courage. When we sing, we are making melody in our hearts toward God. This will put joy in a person’s heart that no man can take away!