I HAVE written a lot about the good news in this column, that is gospel music both local and international. I need to stress the good news because that is what the Bible says the gospel is all about.
1 Corithians 15 (Ampified version) says: “Now brothers and sisters, let me remind you [once again] of the good news [of salvation] which I preached to you, which you welcomed and accepted and on which you stand [by faith]. By this faith you are saved [reborn from above — spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain [just superficially and without complete commitment].”
In this column I preach the good news and good works that the gospel music genre produces, be it praise and worship or otherwise. In the same vein, I salute all the gospel music ministers around the world for the sterling work they are doing to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.
The door is open for us to work together to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through music.
There is no big or small musician, neither is there a big or small music producer we are all big.
“But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him (2 Kings 3:15).
It’s so important to worship the Lord. Through worship, you set up an atmosphere for miracles in and around you and create the right environment for the Spirit of God to operate. It may be with a song or a scripture; as you sing or declare it in worship, the presence of God can literally overwhelm your situation, resulting in a miracle. It’s one of the several reasons we make music unto the Lord.
This is what the right spiritual song of worship can position you to hear from God.
According to (2 Kings 3:13-14): Once, Elisha was with three kings who came to him for counsel. But because he was offended at one of them, the king of Israel, and had responded to the king in anger, he couldn’t minister under the anointing.
The kings wanted to receive the Word of God from him, but he couldn’t readily prophesy. So, what did he do? He said, “Bring me a musician.” The Bible says when the minstrel — the musician — played, the Spirit of the Lord came on Elisha, and he began to prophesy (2 Kings 3:15).
As Christians, we need to position ourself to hear the Lord and worship Him from our spirit, with the right songs, and before long, our spirit will make that divine contact with Him, and hear as He ministers to us.
The Lord is a master communicator who ministers to us even as we are ministering to Him.
It’s not about singing your best song; it’s about singing the “right songs” for the move of the Spirit. There’s a time for your best song or your own song, but there’s also a time for the right song.
So, in worshipping Him, you have to sing the right songs; songs that are inspired by the Word, not just any song. It’ll tune your spirit correctly and you’ll hear the voice of the Lord.
The Bible reveals that music can have a tremendous spiritual effect on people.
While this is not an exhaustive discussion of this subject, my prayer is that hopefully, we will have a new perspective on the power of gospel music.
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