And the Singers Sang Loud

Monday, June 29, 2009 (Edited 2/12/2011)

In the book of Nehemiah, we find a wonderful story of the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. When the work was completed, the Jewish people held a dedication ceremony, and a large part of this celebration included music. There were cymbals, psalteries, harps, trumpets and singers.

In the middle of this passage of Scripture we find these words:
    "And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer." (Nehemiah 12:42)
As a result of this loud, joyful, victorious music, the Bible says this:
    "Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off." (Nehemiah 12:43)
The great songs of testimony and praise to God became a powerful testimony to the people in that territory.

What an amazing opportunity this Levitical music director Jezrahiah had to lead these temple musicians and priests in praise to God! It must have been an incredible sound to have been heard by those nearby.

It would be interesting to know how the music in our local churches is perceived by those around us. Is our music joyful, victorious, loud and energetic?

Many times, the level of energy with which we sing the praises of God is a direct indication of our spiritual temperature. People who are walking with the Lord, seeing prayers answered, living in victory over sin and the Devil will have no difficulty singing to God with much vim and vigor.

Let's analyze ourselves and see if our music is joyful, energetic and loud as a result of the great things God has done for us.

Curtis Hollembeak

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.