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by Joyce Scott
Gateway College of Evangelism

Does music matter?

Ask Moses–why did the Lord tell him to SING his final sermon?  (Deut. 31:19, 21)

Ask Saul–how did he get rid of the evil spirit that troubled him?  (I Sam. 16:23)

Ask the servants of Achish–how did they know that David had slain his ten thousands? 
(I  Sam. 21:11)

Does music matter?

Ask Elisha–what happened to him when the minstrel played?  (II Kings 3:15)

Ask David–why did four thousand praise the LORD with the instruments he made? (I Chron. 23:5)

Ask Heman–why were all of his fourteen sons and three daughters under his hands for song in the house of the LORD?  (I Chron. 25:5-6)

Does music matter?

Ask the priests at the dedication of the temple–what caused the glory of the LORD to fill the house of God so that they could not stand to minister?  (II Chron. 5:13-14)

Ask Jehoshaphat–how did he win the battle against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir?  (II Chron. 20:21-22)

Ask Jesus and the disciples–how did they end the last supper?  (Matt. 26:30)

Does music matter?

Ask Paul and Silas how did they evangelize the Philippian jail?  (Acts 16:25)

Ask the dead in Christ–when shall they be raised incorruptible?  (I Cor.  15:52)

Ask the Author of the Bible–why is music mentioned over 500 times in 44 of its 66 books–and why is the largest book and the central book the songbook–and why did He COMMAND His prophets to use music in His house?  (II Chron. 29:25)

Music DOES matter if–

the musicians are sanctified (II Chron. 5:11-14), instructed (I Chron. 15:22), and skillful (Ps. 33:3).

It matters IF–

the music is based on the Word (Col. 3:16), motivated by the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-19), and directed to the LORD (Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:19).

Music matters BECAUSE–

we FEEL what we sing.  Music expresses our spirits in a way that words alone cannot do.  It involves our heads and hands and hearts simultaneously.  It allows all of us to actively participate at the same time.  It promotes unity.  It helps us to reach up and to reach out.

It matters BECAUSE–

we REMEMBER what we sing.  It imprints truths in our minds.  We retain them longer and more easily when we sing them.  It is often the connecting link between a sermon or lesson and a listener.

DOES music matter?

It matters if HE is our music! 

“The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation;”  Ex. 15:2 

“The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”  Ps. 118:14

“…the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”  Is. 12:2