Bruno Mars, Coldplay, All Sons & Daughters, and John Denver. What do these acts have in common? Well only one of them is scheduled for the big halftime show, so that’s not it—though if they could get John Denver to do a song or two, that would be pretty amazing. The answer is they’re all recently played artists on my phone. As you can tell, I’m not really a 1-genre guy. I love and appreciate music from all over.
Somehow music has a way of touching our hearts and souls as few other mediums can. Think of concerts or shows you’ve attended. Remember that energy and emotion? That’s no accident. Music is meant to move us. It communicates in realms so different than visual arts or even the spoken word. One of the reasons music resonates so deeply is because a great song and a great performance can click into emotions, thoughts, memories and ideas deep within us. Somehow the poetry and melody guide the message past our defenses and hit us right “there.”
As a believer, I’m intentionally working to make my identity in Christ the most foundational element of who I am. As that process unfolds, worship music of all styles has begun to have greater impact on me. One of the things I’ve appreciated about the music ministries at Grace is how intentional they are about bringing the whole congregation into an attitude and heart posture of worship to God. That may require different things for different people. At Grace, I’ve worshiped to choir music, rap, bluegrass, and classical styles. Hymns, contemporary music, and even some “reinterpreted” pop songs come together to bring our congregations into that heart of worship. Each of Grace’s worship leaders and worship teams have such a commitment to excellence—it makes the experience even more moving.
If you’re a music lover—or even just a music tolerator—I challenge you to come to one of our weekend services with an open heart and mind and not be moved by the ministry of music. You may even wind up with a new playlist yourself by the end of the day.
As one of the Bible’s great songwriters once put it,
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
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