Light in the Darkness: July 3, 2013

by Pastor David Grey

“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!

Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!

Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp!

Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!

Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”  – Psalm 150

In a recent column, I stated that I have always been intrigued with this Psalm in light of the differences of opinion regarding various types of music and instruments consider “permissible” in a worship service.

Because it is clear that the instruments listed here cover the whole gamut of instrumental types, I have strived to understand why so many Christians I know (myself included) struggle with certain instruments in worship.

I have conclude that there are two major reasons we struggle to accept instruments God has approved.

The first is our past experience with various instruments or types of music. When we hear them, they immediately bring to the forefront the past associated with that instrument and we find ourselves unable to worship with that particular instrument or style of music.

I know that for several years as a new believer I could not worship or center my attention upon the Lord with any music in which drum brushes were used.

The sound brought back associations with a night club I had visited and all the godless lifestyle present in that place.

It was personal. It had nothing to do with the amoral drum brush nor was my inability and indictment against the Christian group using them.  I simply could not worship because of the baggage I personally carried with me.

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