The bible spoke about the purpose of music as far back as when the Levites in the tabernacle. God’s word provides at least seven passages which speak to the way music is utilized in the Christian walk:
- The Act of Worship—“And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished” (2 Chronicles 29:28).
- The Act of Thanksgiving—“Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God” (Psalm 147:7).
- The Act of Rejoicing—“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm” (Psalm 98:4–5).
- The Act of Consecration—“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). (Spoken in song!) “Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psalm 111:1).
- The Act of Edification—“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
- The Act of Evangelism—“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3).
- The Act of Preservation of Faith—“One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works” (Psalm 145:4–5).
At Riverview, you’ll find a blended mix of worship styles, sung by believers of all ages. We have an adult praise team, the “God Squad”, our youth praise band, as well as an adult choir. For more information about Riverview’s music ministry, please feel free to reach out to me.