• Mike Dominick

Making Music

I love music. Music is an expression of our soul. Music is a source of beauty, and music can be an amazing vehicle of praise and worship.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV)

Music is also an opening into our soul. The music we listen to and sing along with and memorize goes deep into our hearts. That's why I believe a follower of Jesus Christ needs to be intentional about the music in our playlist. Some music speaks life into our soul. Other music speaks violence, worthlessness, suicide, hatred or other less-then-desirable things into us.

The style of music isn't the point. We can use any musical style to express our love for Jesus and the greatness of our God. Music that lifts the soul and worships the living God can be classical (think Handel's Messiah), country Gospel (the Gaithers), rock (the Newsboys) or rap (Toby Mac). We can sing praise songs by Chris Tomlin or hymns by Charles Wesley and equally express our worship and praise to our God.

I personally love contemporary worship music, and I love hymns. I love choral music and I love a Gospel quartet. If it lifts up Jesus, I can receive blessing from it, even if it is not my personal favorite style of music (looking at you, opera style soloist!) And if you receive ministry from a style of music that does not bless me, I say, "more power to ya!"

Shirley and I attended a MercyMe concert at the Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue a couple of years ago. We were blessed greatly by the songs and the testimonies. It was more than an evening of entertainment. Worship broke out in Elliott Hall, and it was joyful and fed our souls. Music has a way of doing that.

I write this on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Today at Dayton UM Church we will have music provided by the Faith Christian School Chorale. They will sing and testify, providing all the music in today's worship services. I'm expecting a huge blessing as I hear the teenagers give glory to God in song and sing along with them - at least in my heart.

And the heart is the most important thing about worship. Therefore the heart is the most important thing about worship music. If my heart is in worship mode, the Lord knows it, even if the music is unfamiliar to me or not my favorite song or style. And if my heart is not in worship mode, simply singing the "right" songs will not make me spiritual nor bring glory to God. All the less if I stand like a stick and listen, without singing along.

You see, worship is not something I attend. It is not something the choir or praise team performs. Worship is something I do. It is the expression of my love for and thanks to my Savior. It is my expression of praise to the Living God. It is a love language for my soul. Worship gets me out of myself and ushers me into the very presence of God. It stirs and deepens and strengthens my soul. And that is why I keep coming back. Matt Redmon has it right:

I'm coming back to the heart of worship

And it's all about you

It's all about you, Jesus

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