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Monday, March 31, 2014

Musical Idolatry?

Ps 33:3 "Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise." "skilfully" means with beauty and
pleasure [toward God, for the music is to be "unto him" as a spiritual sacrifice to His majesty and
greatness], "loud noise" means "alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm
or joy."

Nowhere is music to be used as a protest dishonoring mothers and fathers and setting asides
grandmothers and grandfathers, and sowing strife and discord. Ps. 33 extols the glory and majesty of
God and begins, "Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright." "comely"
means "beautiful" [before God] and doesn't fit a fool: Pr 19:10 "Delight is not seemly for a fool; much
less for a servant to have rule over princes." Humility, truth, and sound doctrine are the foundation for
"comely" praise in music or in anything else, for gravity and seriousness must mark all of our worship
of the Lord, even our rejoicing. Hence, those who lead the church must be "grave" men [1Tim 3 and
Titus 2] The church is the temple of God, not a place for silly ditties and stupid doctrines.

The church is primarily a place to hear the voice of God. Hab. 1:18 What profiteth the graven image
that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work
trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb
stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in

 the midst of it. 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him."

An idol can be an instrument of music, made of brass, or wood, or hide and can become an object of
veneration as though worship cannot take place without it. A guitar which becomes an essential for
"worship" is a false God, for the only essential for worship is lively preaching of the word of God and
humility and reception of that word in the hearts of the people. And yet thousands turn away from
sound preaching in order to have a guitar or any instrument of music and are idolaters as certainly
as those who enter the temple of Baal.
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