The Heart of the Matter

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (Edited 2/12/2011)

Please read the following passage concerning the reign of King Jehoshaphat carefully. I believe this story has interesting applications to the ministry of church music:
    "So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about. And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD. Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers." (2 Chronicles 20:30-33)
Notice that, though Jehoshaphat personally was "doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord," the people "had not prepared their hearts unto...God." As a result, the nation as a whole was in disobedience to God's will.

Have you ever tried to motivate singers whose hearts were obviously not interested in the things of God? What if you are dealing with a group who do not have the "joy of heart" mentioned in Isaiah 65:14?

Music issues are almost always primarily spiritual issues. The heart of the matter of singing is indeed a matter of the heart. The best thing you can do personally for your singing is to make certain your heart is right with God. The best thing you can do for musicians with whom you work, is to be absolutely certain their hearts are right with God.

I believe there are some things that we can do to motivate our singers to have a heart for God:
  • Expose them to strong preaching that encourages them to decide to live for God
  • Train them to encourage one another in the matter of holiness and clean living
  • Teach them to daily submit themselves humbly to the will of God in their lives
Only as we purify our mind and hearts can we as singers truly fulfill our responsiblity to sing to the Lord with a new song of praise.
    "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." (Psalms 95:1)
Let's prepare our hearts unto the Lord, so that we can serve Him fully in the matter of music.

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.