A charge to young musicians...
From worship last Sunday.
A Charge to Young Musicians…
Scripture is clear in saying that the people of God are an army, that the life of the Christian is warfare, that the tools by which we fight are not iron and steel—swords and guns—but spiritual, the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, that our enemies are not flesh and blood, but principalities and powers, world forces of darkness and spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms.
And Scripture also clearly demonstrates that the most pitched warfare and the central battleground of the Christian life takes place in worship. It is worship that conquers. We see this over and over in the Old Testament: as Israel worships the walls of Jericho fall; as the singers of Israel go before the army against the Ammonites and Moabites under Jehoshaphat, their enemies destroy themselves.
So too, in the New Testament. Paul writes, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Young men throughout history--the courage of young men of faith, the courage of the Church’s young warriors--have been the strength of God’s people. Young David goes in faith against Goliath. Young Jonathan and his still-younger armor-bearer go up against the Philistines in the gap between the cliffs.
We need your faith as a church. We need your courage. We need to be led in the warfare of worship by young warriors in faith. We are inspired when you cast your cares upon the Lord and live fully for Him. We are encouraged when you call us to faith by your worship. David, Israel’s greatest warrior, was also Israel’s greatest musician, greatest writer of lyrics, most famous player of the strings.
Play to the glory of God. Play with all your heart and mind and strength. Write to the glory of God. Write and compose for the sake of the glory of the Saviour who died for you and for us.
Finally, avoid the sins of warriors:
Fight the temptation to take the glory for yourself. Fight pride. Fight selfishness. Do not be jealous of each other. An army divided cannot stand.
When Israel’s army fought they avoided sexual relations before battle, not because such relations were sinful or women made the men unclean, but because it is always tempting to go into battle for less-than-holy reasons, to seek the praise and love of women rather than the glory and honor of God. Do not mistake the pheromones that accompany romance for the approval of God. Live for God. He will add to your life all the rest.
May God grant us years of young men leading our worship in power. May God make you the first of many generations of brave warriors leading His people in worship, young men leading the army by their faith and courage.