Earlier this week, I attended a Christian men’s meeting. We sang a few worship songs to begin the meeting. I was pleased that I knew the songs. Every song we sang was an old hymn that I had grown up with in my home church.
Sometimes I wish that I knew every song every Sunday as well as I know and love those old faithful hymns. Occasionally I wonder why we have to sing anything but my favorites! Then I remember that people don’t gather on Sunday morning to help me re-live the best moments of my childhood; they come to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
Ephesians 5:19-20 says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This verse lets us know that God appreciates a variety of music. It suggests that we ought to be flexible in the music we use in the church to worship God together.
Other Scriptures tell me that I shouldn’t demand to get my way. This biblical principle certainly applies to our attitude toward music. I have six days a week—and most of the day on Sunday—to listen to and sing along with any kind of music I choose. It would be quite selfish of me to demand to have my favorite music played and sung during the church service also.
Sometimes I have remind myself not to be selfish. How about you?