Prayer and Devotion
How Worship Music Can Harmonize Our Spirituality
The Importance of Music in Every Religious Worship
For many millennia, hymns and songs have played an important role in every religion; from the oldest hymn of Indian mantras to the contemporary worship songs, music has always been present as a medium for veneration and adoration. St. Augustine of Hippo, a renowned theologian and bishop, once said, “He who sings well prays twice.” Like most of the saints and Christian devotees, he believes that music is a magical and powerful language we can communicate where words alone fail us. In the Old Testament, music serves as a reminder of our salvation and fallen nature, while in the New Testament it is to express an unwavering faith to God.
Although we are already familiar with the personal effect of music in each of us, we also need to appreciate praise and worship songs that touch our spiritual nature.
Music portrays the breadth of God’s words
Christian worship songs also bring biblical messages that inform us of God’s greatness, and teach us of His good ways. Some of these are songs and hymns of praise, glory, suffering, and spiritual anxiety that in the midst of all these, God will never leave us. While scriptures make us see what God’s transforming power is, songs make us feel how wonderful His love is until this time. Christian worship music has been part of Christianity for ages, to help them remember and value the truth the Lord bestowed upon them. Such as musical psalms and hymns, these can be easily memorized and instilled in people’s memory.
Music reflects our love and faith for the Lord
Rhythm and harmony are effective instruments that enliven our inner hearts and minds. Through music, we evoke a fiery soul for the glorification of our Lord. We are moved by the melodies that we tend to cry and praise in all God’s glory. Sacred music also represents our reverence—that the more we put our heart into singing, the more God can hear us. Religious music mirrors our belief and how we see God’s beauty through the play of musical notes.
Music puts us in God’s presence
The basic function of Christian music is to lead us toward God. Although we believe that God’s presence is always in us, music guides us to embrace Him. Worship songs harmonize scriptural text and religious tune so that they may bear a deep connection between man and God. While in our Church songs we may have heard of old organs that lull us to sleep, it’s also the role of the Church to consider the kind of music they should choose. Yet as we listen closely, music still affects us in psychological, emotional, and spiritual level.
Music gathers, never falters
Music unites all our single souls into a gathering for a celebration of His sacrifice and salvation. Since the main purpose of Church gathering is to praise and receive God’s grace through the sacrament of Eucharist, religious music binds us into one voice to worship upon Him. It’s a universal language that up until today enjoyed by the many and into every corner of the world.
The power of Christian music never fades, but only evolves and transforms. Such as it heightens the spiritual mood of an individual or society, music undeniably give us Christians a chance to feel God in the strum of a string, glide of a melody, and the harmonious voice of choirs.