The Place to Start in Evaluating Music
If you look at music in the Bible, you will notice that the kind believers play and sing will be directed to God.
Psalm 9:11, “Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
Psalm 13:6, “I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
Psalm 30:4, “Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”
Psalm 66:1, “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands.”
Psalm 68:4, “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.”
Psalm 95:1, “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”
Psalm 96:1, “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.”O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.”
Psalm 98:1, “O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.”
Psalm 104:33, “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
Psalm 149:1, “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.”
Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
You can see that Scripture says that God’s people should direct their music toward God.
When we know that our music goes to God, then we ask, “What does He want?”Â We write, play, and use music that will please God and not ourselves.Â Music should not be a matter of our taste, but of God’s taste.
Most wrong philosophies of music do not consider first whether God is praised and honored by the music.Â Instead they ask whether the people or the audience enjoy it.Â When man becomes the measure for music, it won’t be good.Â Â Music isn’t for anyone but God, whether it be solos, duets, or groups.