Our family loves to listen to Christian music and attend concerts. There’s always a tape of one of our favorite artists in the car tape player. We’ve had our kids in singing groups since the first one was 3 and now she’s in college on a music scholarship.
All this interest in music is no thanks to me, however, because I know absolutely nothing about music. I never took a music lesson nor sang in a choir. But that’s one of the great things about music—you don’t have to be good at it to benefit from it.
Notice what the psalmist said, “Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful” (33:1). It’s not “Rejoice in the Lord, O you talented.” And he didn’t say “praise from the gifted pianist is beautiful.” I like to think God enjoys hearing me sing along with a tape of a gifted soloist as much as He enjoys hearing the talented musician. Of course, others who are nearby might not agree!
We can be grateful for men and women who help us in our worship by sharing their abilities with us. After all, verse 3 does say to “play skillfully.” But we can’t let them have all the fun. We enhance our worship and our joy in the Lord when we use music to express our praise. All of us as Christians have something to sing about.
Worship, praise, and adoration—
All belong to Jesus' name;
Freely give your heart's devotion,
Constantly His love proclaim. —Anon.
A heart in tune with God sings melodies of praise.