“Make a joyful to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Psalm 100:1-2 That last phrase leaves me a bit speechless. How should we come into the Lord’s presence? With enthusiastic singing! Psalms has long been one of my favorite books of the Bible. These are the songs of God’s people, and they address the wide range of life experiences we are have in this fallen world. When we are happy, we can use relate to the psalmist when he says, “I will sing and make melody in my heart to the Lord.” (Ps. 37:6) At times when we are persecuted, afraid, or sad, we can remember Psalm 46. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear thought the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.”
When exciting events happen to God’s people, they often respond with song. Think of Miriam and Moses after the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 15,) Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1,) or David singing and composing Psalms. (It’s not an accident that Psalms is the largest book of the Bible!) We cannot help but sing our thankfulness to God when He shows his faithfulness to us. This is most evident as we sing our praises to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit on Sunday morning during our worship service. Throughout scripture, God’s people are actively praising Him. Music is a perfect vehicle for worshiping our great Creator. In fact, if we neglect praising Him, the Bible tells us the rocks will cry out. (Luke 19:40)
Music is also perfectly suited as a teaching tool to hide God’s Word in our hearts. (You understand the importance of music as a vehicle for teaching if you learned your ABC’s by singing them.) This is especially helpful in the realm of our Wednesday evening Children’s Choir. We have fun singing, playing instruments, and learning about music. It is my heart’s desire that their lives will be changed by the words we sing each week. (Ps. 119:11, 119:105)
Throughout the year, we also have opportunities to use music in other ways. We have 2-3 “Evening of the Arts” to share our gifts (musical and otherwise) with our church family. This is always a fun time of celebrating and enjoying fellowship with our brothers and sisters.
We have a volunteer orchestra open to those who love to play instruments in conjunction with our worship service.
For the last twelve years, we have hosted a weekly worship service with music for the Flower Mound Assisted Living Center. This gives us an opportunity to share our music with others who have had to leave behind their church families when they move into an assisted living setting.
The Music Ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church primarily exists to assist God’s people in praising and worshiping God.