This Little Light of Mine

Monday, October 19, 2009

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The New Testament principle is clear: as believers, we are to be bright, shining lights in the midst of an ever-darkening world.
    "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

    "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5)
We are reminded of the familiar children's song, "This Little Light of Mine."
    This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
    This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
    Let it shine,
    Let it shine,
    Let it shine.
The idea is simply this: the people in the world around us must clearly see that we are different, that we have the truth, and that we obviously act in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Word of God.

How does our music help us accomplish this goal?

It is interesting to note, that in the New Testament, two of the references to music we find are in quotations from the Old Testament. One is in Romans, the other in the book of Hebrews.

In these two passages, singing is described as allowing the people of God to broadcast a testimony of God's goodness to the people around them.
    "Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name." (Romans 15:8-9)
This verse is quoting from the following Old Tesament passages:
    "Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name." (2 Samuel 22:50 & Psalms 18:49)
Our next New testament passage, found in the book of Hebrews, says this:
    "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." (Hebrews 2:9-12)
This passage in Hebrews is quoting from the following verse in the book of Psalms:
    "I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee." (Psalms 22:22)
There are other Old Testament verses that mention this same principle as well:
    "I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations." (Psalms 108:3)

    "And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD." (Psalms 40:3)
Clearly, our music is to help us create a clear testimony to others of what God has done in our lives.

In the New Testament, we recall the story of Paul and Silas using music to shed light in a very dark situation:
    "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them." (Acts 16:25)
Our music can be a light in the darkness by being:
  1. Different - we must practice the "new song" principle
  2. Positive - our music must be encouraging, edifying and uplifting
  3. Truthful - light always exposes and uncovers falsehood
  4. Clear - light that is low or flickering will distort our vision
  5. Morally pure


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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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