Music Success Posters
Thursday, August 14, 2008[print version] [audio version ]
I am sure many of you have seen the ever-popular motivational posters, or success posters. They generally consist of a striking, eye-catching photograph of some kind, labeled with an emotion-rich word, followed by a thought-provoking quote.
True success is only measured by how closely our activities align with the principles of Scripture.
The Bible has much to say about musical success. If I were to develop a series of posters based on scriptural music principles, they would read something like this:
Excellence - (1Ch 15:22) And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.
Creativity - (Psa 144:9) I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.
Holiness - (Psa 29:2) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Greatness - (1Ch 23:5) Four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.
Education - (1Ch 25:6, 7) All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.
Organization - (2Ch 5:12) Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets.)
Unity - (2Ch 5:13) It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD.
Dedication - (1Ch 9:33) And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night.
Joy - (Psa 98:4-6) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
Beauty - (Psa 147:1) Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
Inspiration - (2Ki 3:15) But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him [Elisha the prophet].
Revival - (Eph 5:18, 19) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
Ministry - (Col 3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Thanksgiving - (Psa 147:7) Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.
Praise - (Psa 28:7) The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Witness - (Psa 18:49) Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Testimony - (Psa 40:1-3) I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and
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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.
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