Wednesday, February 9, 2011

THE SOUND OF THE KINGDOM

 This article was originally posted in 2009.

Thy Kingdom come, 
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
 Matthew 6:10
But the hour cometh, and now is, 
when the true worshippers shall worship the Father 
in spirit and in truth: 
for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him 
must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:23-24

 Each nation has its own unique qualities that make it stand out from others. The laws, the way people speak, their social etiquette, even their money distinguishes them and sets them apart. So does a nation's music. The music that is indigenous to Jamaica, for example, is reggae, and to Trinidad it is calypso, soca and chutney. Rap, rhythm and blues, and country music are distinctly American.

So too, the Kingdom of God has its own distinguishing features. Hence the reason why the citizens of the Kingdom are called 'a peculiar people', 'set apart' and a 'holy nation'.

It is vitally important that we, the sons of God, embrace fully every aspect of the culture of God's Kingdom. Some features are easily distinguishable. The law of the Kingdom of God for example, is love, and we can look to Scripture to guide us in this law. But there are other features of the Kingdom that are not as easily discerned. One particular area is music, and I believe that it is vitally important that we learn and adopt the sound that is unique to the Kingdom of God.

The music of the Kingdom originates in the heavenly realm – not on earth – and serves only one purpose - to glorify God. It does not have an American sound, or a Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian, African or European vibe. No, the sound of worship that fills the Kingdom is as unique and distinct as each of its other characteristics. It's a sound that sets it apart as reserved for the King of Kings Himself.

I believe that in this season when the manifestation of the Kingdom of God is imminent, we must re-examine what has until now been accepted as worship music. The pure music of the Kingdom is not a sound of a mixture of the secular and the sacred. Sacred words joined to an originally secular sound are a mixture.

God requires that we worship Him "in spirit and in truth". A good beat or a catchy tune may be wonderfully inspirational or entertaining. Unfortunately, today many of our most popular Christian songs minister to the people instead of ministering to the Lord.

Is it any wonder that despite the abundance of Christian music being played on the airwaves and in Christian gatherings the presence of God is sadly lacking? God inhabits and manifests Himself in true worship, and it is in His presence that souls are saved, hearts and bodies are healed and people are delivered from all kinds of oppression.

I have personally witnessed the impact that pure worship, played through a cd player, can have on a demon possessed person. This person was manifesting demonic activity, wild-eyed and spewing curses for hours. However, as soon as that pure worship was released into the atmosphere the demon left and the person regained his composure.

The presence and miraculous power of God is the only factor that draws unbelievers to Him. We need to reject the idea that the only way to entice them is with inspirational songs that have a familiar cultural sound.

It is time now to diligently seek and tap in to the Kingdom of God, and let the sound of the Father's music come on earth as it is in heaven.

10 comments:

  1. I do pray that those who have ears to hear will hear and before deciding to spew their own rebuke on the matter, I suggest that they would ask the Father, Jesus and the Precious Holy Spirit of THEIR take on the matter and then adhere to their UNITED response. We cannot use our own reasoning. Jesus warned of the deception that would be evident in the last days. I trust that we all have seen by this time that we are indeed in the last days.
    I stand with you Audrey in this truth. Narrow is the way and FEW find it!
    Allison

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  2. good post....music does make an amazing difference...

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  3. We should constantly be seeking ways of worship that will please Him and not ourselves. Thank you for this thoughtful message.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  4. Hi Audrey,

    I think you've raised a valid point here regarding music as distinguished by worship-driven, inspirationally-driven, and culturally-driven.. Music can make one feel good, but worship-driven music ought to propel us beyond mere feeling good. As you say, "It's a sound that sets it apart as reserved for the King of Kings Himself." -- A sound that praises, adores and exalts Almighty God.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  5. My husband is worship leader at our church. Music is our call to worship and God's presence is extra near and blessed as we concetrate our worship on Him. Your post brought to mind just how important music is and the care we need to use in selecting it.

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  6. "The pure music of the Kingdom is not a sound of a mixture of the secular and the sacred."

    I love that. That is a Truth that we can say about everything in our lives since we should be living for the King and His Kingdom.

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    Rich Blessings to you!

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  7. you have indeed clarified the music issue, G-D is unique and it makes total sense that all things about HIM would be unique.jacintha

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  8. NOISE

    A challenge of the modern life
    is noise, the feeling of a strife,
    the feeling one should make a choice.
    You loose preponderance in the noise.

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  9. there is no peace in noise,it causes strife, anger and you lose your joy because there is discord. The sound of the kingdom totally not of this world,as a matter of fact there is a new sound for this season,not words but a high level of utterance

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