Spiritual Impact of Musical Worship

Posted on October 12, 2009 by


Leading music in a corporate gathering can quickly become something that we “just do”. We can spend the majority of our time preparing for it; picking music, planning the structure and flow of the service, arranging the songs to fit our people and that specific service, practicing, rehearsing, setting up, media production, fixing the problems that will come up. And in the middle of it all we can lose sight of what it is we are doing.

Time and time again the psalms exhort us to “Sing to the Lord”,
Psalm 33 “Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. ”
Psalm 40 “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.”

So what are we doing when we sing?

Looking at the psalms again, in a broader view, can give us great insight. There are songs of praise, songs of thanks, songs of lament, and songs of battle(imprecation). All of these are in response to something. We praise because we see Gods glory, We give thanks because of what He has done, We lament because we have/are fallen, We call for help in battle because we are being warred against.

For me the first three are easy to understand. They are natural reactions to things we see and experience regularly. But it’s always been harder for me to connect with the Imprecatory(cursing/battle) psalms. But the truth is that as followers of Christ we are constantly in battle. We are not in a war for our souls, that was decided by Christ on the Cross and through the Holy Spirit in our sanctification and justification. But we are warring for obedience, for the glory of our Lord. Since we are secure as the children of God we are targets to be made lame, spiritually. Singing songs is a rally cry, it’s raising the standard for the soldiers of Christ to regroup and bolster up.

This puts so much weight on the songs we choose. There needs to be solid doctrinal truth that is communicated simply and effectively. Otherwise, we are merely tickling ears. The truths that we sing together are the things that will follow us throughout the week.

Posted in: Theology