The Bible mentions music more than 800 times. That is no minor emphasis. God places great importance on how we respond to Him, and music is one of the primary vehicles He has given us to do so.
Psalm 100:2 commands us to “come before His presence with singing.” That is His protocol, not merely one option among others. If we are going to come before the King of kings and Lord of lords, we must come in the prescribed way, with singing. That’s how important—how cherished—music is to out Father’s heart.
Lucifer no longer hovers by the throne, covering the glory of God with praise and worship. But God still requires the praise that is due to Him from all creation, and He will have that praise from His Church. He will receive it from a race of beings who praise Him not simply because it is His command, but because they want to worship Him, and have made the decision to do so.
This contributes to the honor and glory of God in a much greater way than the praise of angels, greater, in fact, than lucifer’s praise before he fell. There simply is no comparison between the commanded praise of angels and the freely lavished love of sons and daughters.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit in the area of music. As the spiritual war for the souls of nations intensifies, we need inspired singing and instrumental music in the Church more than ever before. God uses music to powerfully express His will to the Church, and in turn the Church should use music not only to praise the Lord, but also to proclaim God’s will to the world.
As history progresses toward its climax, praise and worship will continue building, ascending to God with great power from the congregation of the redeemed. We must abandon ourselves to Him as musicians and singers so that He can use us to display His might and glory to a world in darkness.
This excerpt was taken from Dr. Terry Law’s book, The Power of Praise & Worship. The book can be purchased in our online shop.