Music, musicians and instruments in the service of Worship.
Isaac Watts the great English hymnist wrote a hymn he titled, “Heavenly Joys on Earth”.
“Come, we who love the Lord, And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord, And thus surround the throne.
Let those refuse to sing, Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King, May speak their joys abroad.”
At Dayspring congregational singing is the norm of our musical offering but we also worship God in a special use of our musical talents. Instrumentalists play along with the congregation’s songs. We also have the use of handchimes (an economic version of handbells). The congregation at times also worships through the songs of a choir, a vocalist or musical ensemble. These combinations of vocals, instrumental offerings and choirs are special music offered to God on behalf of the congregation.
As a church we believe that what we do in worship is that which has its basis in the Word of God. Our expectations for music in worship are that music is given to us to serve the praise and proclamation of God’s people. Some of the most glorious music ever produced has been the fruit of faithful worship. According to the Reformer, Martin Luther, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
As Christians, the Bible tells us that our citizenship is in heaven. We are pilgrims on the way and the way we do music reflects the eternal activity of all the saints in glory. In Revelation 15:2-3 we have this picture, “…with harps of God in their hands, they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?”
This concept was so beautiful that Johan Sebastian Bach finished his sacred compositions with SDG. These initials stood for the Latin phrase Soli Deo Gloria, which means, Glory to God Alone.