KNOWING THE TRUE GOD #20
A GOD OF MUSIC!
"Moreover David and the captain of the host separated to the
service of the sons of Asha, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who
should prophecy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals
.... all these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the
words of God, to lift up the horn ... All these were under the
hands of their father for song in the house of the Lord, with
cymbals, psalteries, and harps (1 Chronicles 25:1,5,6).
Would you believe there are a few "Christian" religious
groups who do not believe in having "musical instruments" in
their church service. I met one such group when living in Oshawa,
Ontario, in the 1980s. It is unbelievable how some read (probably
don't read) the Bible and will not conduct themselves by "every
word of God" as Jesus said we should (Mat.4:4).
Everyone should know if they are reading the Bible, that
David was skilled at song on his stringed instrument. I'm sure he
sang praises to the Lord out caring for his father's sheep as a
young boy, and picking or strumming on his stringed musical
In Vine's "Topical Bible" (the copy I have) you find music
and musical instruments from page 888 to page 894.
Teachers of music 1 Chron. 15:22; 25:7,8; 2 Chron. 23:13.
Discoursed during the offering of sacrifices 2
Precentor Neh. 12:42.
Chief musicians Neh. 12:42; Hab. 3:19
Chambers for musicians in the Temple, in Ezekiel's vision
Music in heaven Rev.5:8,9; 14:2,3; 15: 2,3.
The reader can if they desire, take the time to look up more
passages on "song" and "instruments" used to worship the Lord.
I'll give you a few starters: Psalm 144:9; Psalm 149:1-3; Psalm
150:1--6; Psalm 33:1-3; Nehemiah 12: 24-29; Psalm 81:1-3.
God created music. There is 7 basic tones in the "diatonic"
scale (i.e. scale of C major is CDEFGAB) - there are 7 days to
There are 12 tones in the "chromatic" scale (i.e. scale of C
major is C #b D #b E F #b G #b A #b B ) - there are 12 months to
There are very positive rules or laws for music creating,
break those laws and it sounds like a dozen cats fighting on a
hot tin roof.
Certainly, like anything that Satan can get into, the sound
of music can be PERVERTED. We see much of that with "heavy metal
rock" - shouting and screaming, with over amplified musical
instruments, as well as many sick and perverted words being used
often, if you could understand them.
God created "variety" yes, in music, but all variety can
also be PERVERTED, used in a wrong manner, and quite frankly just
about all variety of music has been perverted at some time by
some performers of that variety of music, often with perverted
words and themes.
It takes a mature Christian to know when to draw the line,
when and where the music has taken off on a perverted path.
But the underling truth still REMAINS! To KNOW the true God
is to know He created MUSIC and that He LIKES music!
Keith Hunt (March 2009)
To be continued