Would you like to know more about how to worship God through music? Music is one of the essential and powerful elements in worshiping God. The most amazing thing with music is that, it breaks all the language and cultural barriers. This article is about the different ways we can worship God through music.
It’s amazing to know that we are given the privilege to worship God via music. In another article, I talked about the importance of music in our lives and that we cannot live without it.
When God created man, He gave him a special responsibility to worship and honor him. David wrote the book of Psalm as a way of worshiping and honoring God.
David uses music to praise, adore, confess his sins and even offer his supplications to God. Music is, therefore, a good platform to communicate to God.
We are all created in the likeness and the image of God and we have a responsibility to offer sacrifices of worship to the Almighty and Sovereign God. We have to be properly equipped with the right knowledge on what is expected of us as we worship God.
4 Basic Elements: How To Worship God through Music.
The word ACTS is an Abbreviation that stands for the FOUR BASIC ELEMENTS OF WORSHIP through music.
As we discuss about WORSHIPING GOD through MUSIC, we will use the word ACTS which stands for the FOUR ELEMENTS of worship.
1. ADORATION by Music
Adoration is an act of REVERENCE to a Supernatural being. Other words that are used to mean the same as adoration are “praise, uplift, magnify, etc.”
Adoration is far much an act of the inner self than outward. The expression of oneself through gestures or words are a symbol to true adoration.
According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, the acts and postures by which the Hebrews expressed adoration bear a great similarity to those still in use among Oriental nations.
To rise up and suddenly prostrate the body was the most simple method; but, generally speaking, the prostration was conducted in a more formal manner, the person falling upon the knee and then gradually inclining the body until the forehead touched the ground.
Such prostration was usual in the worship of Jehovah, (Genesis 17:3 ; Psalms 95:6) it was the formal mode of receiving visitors, (Genesis 18:2) of doing obeisance to one of superior station, (2 Samuel 14:4) and of showing respect to equals.
In our context, our concern is to adore the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY through music. In this article, we will not concentrate on the postures or styles used to adore God, but the REASONS and MEANS to do it.
Why do we need to ADORE God?
Because of WHO HE IS!
God is Sovereign and worthy of our praise, Psalm 145:3. He reigns forever in all eternity.
He is the Creator and the Lord of lords, Psalm 136:3. All creation is the product of His works, Hebrews 11:3.
God, the only Supreme being created us in His own likeness so that we may worship Him in truth and in Spirit, John 4:24. He deserves our worship.
God is the only ETERNAL being, Revelation 1:8; Habakkuk 1:12. The aspects of time ie past, present and future are NEVER APPLICABLE to GOD. He lives from eternity to eternity!
God is HOLY, in Him there’s NO SIN, 1 Peter 1:16. In this aspect, God calls upon all the people He created in His likeness to imitate Him in holiness. He makes us holy through the cleansing of our sins with the blood of Jesus of Christ.
He is IMMUTABLE, God DOESN’T CHANGE as human beings do, Numbers 23:19.
g. Omnipotence (Psalm 139:9-14)
God is all powerful, He has power and authority over all the creation and the universe and He does what pleases Him. God’s power was manifested in the creation, just by the word of His mouth everything we see today came into being.
h. Omnipresence (Psalm 139:5-8)
Omnipresence means that God is present everywhere at all times. God is never limited by location, time or space. He is available everywhere at the same time. This is one of the biggest mystery of our God – A reason to ADORE HIM!
i. Omniscience (Psalm 139:1-4)
This means that God KNOWS ALL THINGS. With God, there are no secrets at all. The Psalmist says that God knew him even before he was formed in his mother’s womb. God, therefore, understands us in our weaknesses and triumphs and nothing is hidden from Him.
When we consider the above ATTRIBUTES, we can ONLY RESPOND by bursting up in TRUE ACT of ADORATION. The music becomes a very good platform to praise God. People have sung songs that are focused in praising and adoring God.
Music is a good basis to express and explore about all the above attributes of God.
2. CONFESSION by Music
Confession is ADMITTING or ACKNOWLEDGING one’s mistakes. The Bible talks about the importance of repentance of one’s sins. There is no forgiveness of sins without the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross.
Why do we CONFESS our SINS?
a. We are sinners (Galatians 2:17; Romans 3:23).
The Bible teaches that all sinned and fall short of God’s glory, Romans 3:23. God has no connection with sin and the only way we can get right with Him through confession.
b. It’s a Command from God, (Ezekiel 14:6; 18:30; Matthew 4:17; Revelation 2:5).
As we come to worship the Lord, we must acknowledge our SINFULNESS before the LORD, 1 John 1:8-9. The bible teaches us that if we confess our sins the Lord is faithful to forgive us our sins.
c. We Worship a holy God (Joshua 24:19; 1Samuel 2:2; 1Peter 1:15-16).
As we discussed above, holiness is one of the attributes of God. Being a holy God means that He hates sin and therefore when we come to Him we should seek to purify ourselves through the blood of Jesus.
d. Confession brings about RECONCILIATION (2Chronicles 29:24; 2Corinthians 5:18).
When Confession happens, it repairs out the broken relationship by installing back RECONCILIATION. When Jesus Christ died on the CROSS, He reconciled us back to God and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
Confession is a very IMPORTANT element of WORSHIP because it helps us put OUR RELATIONSHIP RIGHT with God.
David sang several Psalms as a way of CONFESSION to God. A good example is Psalm 51. He poured his heart to God seeking for forgiveness. Music touches the heart of God.
3. THANKSGIVING by Music
This is the third element of worship. Thanksgiving comes from the heart after we realize how much the LORD has done for us. We are all blessed in one way or another and when we come to God in worship, we should major in THANKSGIVING.
What does the bible say about THANKSGIVING?
a. We need to thank God for Salvation (Romans 1:16; 2Timothy 2:10; Hebrews 2:3)
This is one of the greatest things we should thank God for as we sing before the Lord. God snatched us from hell through salvation and therefore it should be among the items we thank God for continually.
b. Thanksgiving was accompanied with an offering (Leviticus 7:12-13; 22:29)
In the Old Testament, Thanksgiving was not done empty handed, there was an offering sacrifice to be offered. We should learn that as we thank God we should also give gifts as a sign of appreciation.
c. Thanksgiving gives PEACE (Philippians 4:4-7)
Training ourselves to thank God in all situations is a sure way of getting peace of mind. The secret is when you concentrate in focusing on what God has done for us, we will forget about what we DON’T HAVE.
d. Thanksgiving TOUCHES GOD (Luke 17:11-19)
Ten lepers were healed by Christ and only one came back to thank Him for what happened. Jesus pointed out that there were ten who were healed and only one came back. Jesus expected that these people will have an appreciative hearts.
Through music, we can thank God for life, His mercies, love, care, protection, provision, good health etc. Indeed if we could count our blessings, they are so many. Every time you go before the Lord in worship, DO NOT FORGET to THANK HIM for WHO HE is!
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4. SUPPLICATION by Music
When we talk about SUPPLICATION, we are talking about PRESENTATION of our NEEDS, CONCERNS, WORRIES etc to the Lord. I think according to our discussion so far, you have noticed that as we used the word ACTS, we started with ADORATION, CONFESSION, THANKSGIVING, then SUPPLICATION is coming the LAST in our list.
Note that presentation of our NEEDS to the Lord should not be our main focus as we worship God. The word ACTS also APPLIES in PRAYER.
When you come to God with the only presentation of needs, you tend to concentrate about the BIGNESS OF YOUR NEEDS and FORGET THE BIGNESS OF GOD.
We should avoid self-centeredness as we supplicate before the Lord. That is why we start by adoring God. As we put our focus upon ‘THE DEITY and SUPREMACY’ of GOD, we will FORGET about our problems.
As we sing for joy to the Lord (Psalm 95), we can present our requests to God (Philippians 4:4-7). We need also to pray for others. As we pray for others, God will also meet our needs. We have a lot of music that focuses on praying for the sick, prisoners, the needy, our nation and the like.
Presenting our concerns to God does not only concern our needs but also the needs of others.
Before I finish up this article, let me remind you about our discussion. We have discussed about how to worship God through music, this was our main focus of our discussion. We have discussed four elements of worship, by so doing we use ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
All these four elements can all be expressed through music. There are countless numbers and hits of music releases on adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. Music is a great and powerful tool which surpasses language or cultural limitations.
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