I haven’t learnt how to play any musical instrument yet, don’t know if I’m too old to start now. Maybe my kids will start early (hoping they have a flare for it). Although I’m not an instrumentalist or a professional singer, I’ve been blessed with a few as friends. You know it’s easy for someone to rub off on you, when you have close contact. The rubbing off, these friends had on me was an ear to pick out good sound when I heard one (not as though I’m perfect).
On different occasions, one will point out how a wrong key was played on the piano, a wrong pitch by a singer or some good beats on the drums. Most of these criticisms happened in church and gradually I started doing that. I’ll go to church and my ears are tuned to pick out irregularities in the sound production coming from the choir.
Can you relate to my story? Ever been in church and somehow you didn’t feel the vibes coming from the choir, they weren’t living up to your high expectations. I’m sure you’re nodding your head now and saying “finally I get to find someone who reasons like me”.
Hold on a little, my dear “Mozart“. When did the church become a place of entertainment? What’s our aim of going to the house of God? We go to church, and hear songs like this “We lift up holy hands with one accord” and our hands are folded, for the simple reason of poor quality of sound. Yet all of us were quick to do the “Oga at the top” sign when it went viral.
Who do we think we are??? We are not all that. Are we saying without instruments and a “Whitney” led choir we can’t worship God. “He said to them, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers” Matt 21 vs 18 AMP. His house is for prayers and worship is a form of prayer and you come in, and rob God of worship all in the name of wrong musical notes. Does it mean we can’t worship God in our closest without listening to some “good” music or our worship ends once the choir stops singing *smh.
Have we gotten so used to God that we take His things for granted? “Now is the time, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth and the Father is seeking such people” John 4 vs 23 AMP. Will God find you?
For as much as we live in the dispensation of Grace, let’s not forget the God who has our lives in His hands. Can this be related to our relationships? You’ve suddenly gotten used to your spouse or partner and there’s really nothing else. The spark that once existed has turned to a smoke coming out from burnt out wood. There’s no excitement because we’ve gotten used to them and gradually we start to lose that person.
God is new every morning. You can’t search out His totality. At one point He’s a Way maker, Protector, Provider, Healer, Judge, Father, Shield, High Priest and so much more; and He still listens to all of us when we come to Him lost and confused, never mixes up our prayer request. How can you think you can only worship this Great God conditionally, when the music is played well? If you need to be entertained, go to a concert.
As we celebrate this Easter, may it bring us back to the place of true worship as we remember the price Jesus had to pay on the cross that we may have liberty, and be free from the strongholds of sin and live victorious lives. Get lost in His presence regardless of the quality of music
Loads of Love