Ecletic Music Tastes

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My music tastes have always been eclectic

Back in the day, cruising in my  ’72 Impala I listened to KFOX, it was a soul/rap/boogie AM station.

Some of my favorite albums were, yes, I said albums, big black vinyl things played on a record player. 🙂

Def Leppard, Loverboy, Quiet Riot, Jackson 5, Donny Osmond, Rick Springfield, Heart, Barry Manilow, Prince, then came, Robert Plant, Joe Cocker, LL Cool J, Sir Mix Alot (Baby Got Back), Pat Benatar, ACDC, Phil Collins.

I think you get the picture,  I like different kinds of music.

When I came around to the light side of life (my christian life)

I bought a lot of the WOW Hits CD’s. I figured I could listen to a mix of different ‘worship’ songs and then buy the ones I liked.

That would be Jeremy Camp, Toby Mac, DC Talk, (as I write this I’m listening to Baby Got Back on youtube, it’s so funny, I know all the words, my boy is just rolling his eyes at me) hehehe

Kutless, Rachel Lampa, and many more compilations. I listen to the local christian inspiration station and just recently downloaded some oldies from ITunes.

They are Pat Benatar (Hell is for Children makes me cry), Phil Collins, Def Leppard, Foreigner (THE video here).

So needless to say: Eclectic.

On Sunday mornings we attend church here. We are a conservative reformed denomination.

We sing……wait for it……….Hymns. Old School hymns. Sweet slow dirge-esce hymns. And Psalms.  Cowper, Luther, Wesley, Boice. Rock of Ages, Kind and Merciful God, It is Well with My Soul, Holy, Holy, Holy, Amazing Grace, A Mighty Fortress is Our God,  kind of stuff.

I also listen to Cyber Hymnal. Great stuff there.

I find it extremely disheartening when people are discontent with the/their church music choices.

The purpose of church is to come together and worship God. We can worship Him in prayer, fellowship, music and reading/learning His Word.

Therefore we sings song that worship God not please ourselves. That state His name, tell Him how marvelous He is, how we love Him and want to obey Him. Look at the old hymns and psalms, you’ll get the picture.

If our music is not worshipful, then we have cause to grumble.

If the music isn’t what we like, not cause to grumble.

I can listen to top 40 contemporary ‘worship’ for 6 days a week, on Sunday, I like to focus on Him, what He wants.

*Also wanted to note here, when God and Jesus want to say something important, something we should really listen to, something important, some sort of important command (notice I used important 3 times) He said it 3 times.

So, just in my opinion, my opinion, people, if the songs or choruses are sung more than 3 times: Overkill. Its turns hypnotic, sort of like praying like the pagans, rambling on so they can be heard. Matthew 6 says it better;

7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

What exactly does God want from our worship songs?

I found many ideas here (19 pages),  here (new test. quotes), here ( a bloggers opinion), here (talks about instruments), here( a big article, but a bit on the CCM bashing side) at the end of this I will put the quotes from scripture.

So basically if you read this and get upset, I’m sorry, my intent is to get to attitude, what is to be our attitude, our focus, our heart, when we sing to the Lord?

Lots of verses to look at, see the different situations the people are in when they sing to the Lord.

Enjoy, Kristina

Ex 15:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.Jud 5:3 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]”Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers! I–to the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel.  2Sa 22:50 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]”Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Your name. 1Ch 16:9 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. 1Ch 16:23 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. 1Ch 16:33 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD; For He is coming to judge the earth.Ps 5:11 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. Ps 7:17 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. Ps 9:2 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.Ps 9:11 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds. Ps 13:6 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. Ps 18:49 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD, And I will sing praises to Your name. Ps 20:5 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Ps 21:13 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Be exalted, O LORD, in Your strength; We will sing and praise Your power. Ps 27:6 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. Ps 30:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name. Ps 30:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]That {my} soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. Ps 33:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Ps 33:2 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.Ps 33:3 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Ps 47:6 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. Ps 47:7 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. Ps 51:14 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; {Then} my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness. Ps 57:7 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Ps 57:9 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. Ps 59:16 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully singof Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. Ps 59:17 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]O my strength, I will singpraises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness. Ps 61:8 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day. Ps 63:7 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.Ps 66:2 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. Ps 66:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]”All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will singpraises to Your name.” Selah. Ps 67:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let the nations be glad and singfor joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah. Ps 68:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up {a song} for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him. Ps 68:32 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Singpraises to the Lord, Selah.Ps 92:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; Ps 92:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Ps 95:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Ps 96:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Ps 96:2 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Ps 96:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joyZec 2:10 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]”Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD. Ro 15:9 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, “THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES, AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.” 1Co 14:15 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]What is {the outcome} then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. Heb 2:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.” Jas 5:13 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]Is anyone among you suffering? {Then} he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.t 26:30 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mr 14:26 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Ac 16:25 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; Eph 5:19 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; Col 3:16 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Greek]Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns {and} spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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5 responses »

  1. You mirror many of my own thoughts. One thing I did observe in leading a worship team was this: For many of my band members it was about the performance, not the audience “of One”. That was disheartening.

    But I also realized many of these people never had a chance to feel any sense of importance in their own lives. Being in the band made them feel important.
    ~~unfortunately that meglomania happens even to the most humble of believers 😦

  2. I have to agree with Mr Dandruff. At our church, we had two singing worship times. One just before the classes started and one before the sermon. The former was for the most part a group of kids who wanted to show off their musical skilz. The latter was for the audience of “One”. The skilz group eventually disbanded “no pun intended” while the other is going strong with a great mix of hymns and contemporary music.

  3. Oh, pooh, they are not dirge-esque! You’re not *supposed* to be moshing!
    ~~moshing, now thats a good idea! wonder how that would go over? 🙂

    Do you know how many people call them dirge-esque?

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