Playing for worship music has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old. I’m sure back then I didn’t realize the purpose of music in the church. Over the last 10 years, however, God has helped me grow in the understanding of worship music and my role as a musician. Here’s a few thoughts of philosophy from a workshop I’ve given.
God created and ordained music.
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
Ephesians 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
God calls us to do everything for His glory.
Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
God has given us music to worship Him.
What is worship?
- To have an adoring reverence or regard for something
- God should be our sole object of worship.
- When worshiping God, we should have our mind and affections fixed on Him.
Goal: to help people worship God effectively
- Be a help, not a distraction.
- If you are playing in such a way that draws attention to yourself, people are not able to properly worship God.
- Communicate the text in your style of playing!
Ex. – Wonderful Grace of Jesus should not be played slowly and meditatively. Likewise It is Well should not be played the same style as Wonderful Grace of Jesus.
Match the text – even from stanza to stanza within the hymn – example: Jesus Paid it All