1 Chronicles 16:9
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
This is a verse from King David’s song of thanks. The Arc of the Covenant was being returned to the City Of David and being placed in the tent that David had pitched. I guess this was the song of thanks that David had written for the priests in charge of music to perform.
When I read verse 9 these thoughts came into my head and I made a note to write about it later.
Now David’s song is in praise of the Lord and the words from his heart speak directly to that praise. And why not? David had witnessed firsthand, in not so subtle ways, the power of God. God gave David the power to defeat the enemies of Israel, those who were seeking its destruction. God had given David and Israel prosperity.
The song reflects all of this in the words of David. I wonder what the rhythm and melody were like.
When I read verse 9, I thought “Sing to him, sing praises to him” doesn’t mean it has to be one of those modern day clichéd songs of praise about how awesome God is, etc. etc.
I think back to the piece I wrote when I was spending Christmas Eve in a church, and the pastor was playing some contemporary or “hip new” Christian Christmas music. The music didn’t seem to come from the heart. It reminded me of the South Park episode where Cartman decides to scam everyone by making a Christian music album and all he does is take pop songs and substitute the word Jesus in the lyrics.
“Sing to him, sing praises to him”, doesn’t have to be so blatant. Singing praises doesn’t have to have the word God in it every other line and words like awesome, all powerful and epic, strewn about.
“Sing to him, sing praises to him” means sing from your heart, write from your heart, and perform from your heart. For if it truly comes from your heart, then it is coming from God’s gift that he has given to you. No matter what the subject, words, or style it is praising God.
Through honest music from the heart God is praised. Even if it’s about the mess you made of your life, or the love in your life, or just something simply and quirky. If it is honest and from the heart then you have used your gift and praised God.
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