The Commandment of the Lord

Monday, March 01, 2010 (Edited 2/12/2011)

Whose idea was it, that men should utilize music in the praise and worship of the Lord? Did the plan come from the imagination of a king, prophet, priest, or musician?

According to the Scriptures, God Himself ordained that music be used as an integral part of corporate worship.
    "And he [Hezekiah] set the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet: for so was the commandment of the LORD by his prophets." (2 Chronicles 29:25)
Under King David the music program in the tabernacle, and later in the temple, was firmly established. However, we need to realize that the importance of music in the worship of God did not originate with David, or the chief musicians, men like Asaph, Ethan, or Heman. The music program began as a direct command from God Himself.

I believe this has some important implications that we need to consider:
  • Believers who are able to sing, but do not do so, are living in disobedience
  • Adequate resources ought to be allocated to the music department
  • The pastoral staff must encourage and support participation in music making activities
  • Great care must be exercised in keeping the music holy and Biblical
  • Music must be performed regularly, and be consistently within high musical and moral standards
  • Musicians must be fully prepared to the best of their abilities
  • Musicians must be in submission to their spiritual leaders - pastors, music directors
  • Musicians must have a blameless walk with God
We need to heed God's will for our lives and live in obedience to the command to serve Him with our songs.

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.