EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR
by: pastor paul rika, international director of HOREMOW
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022
TEXT: PSALM 137:1-6
(1) By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
(2) We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
(3) For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
(4) How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?
(5) If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
(6) If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
KEY VERSE: PSALM 50:16
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare My statutes, or that thou shouldest take My covenant in thy mouth?
The psalmist reveals that godly musicians do not perform on request to entertain sinners. Godly songs and music are not for secular occasions where the name of the Lord is mocked, and His Word is trampled underfoot. Hence, Christian musicians that perform for ungodly audiences during naming ceremony, weddings and other festive occasions which are not in the righteousness of God, are doing so in their pursuit of filthy lucre and not for the glory of God.
Songs of the Lord should be sung where souls can be led to Christ, Believers can be edified, and the Name of the Lord exalted. Christian instrumentalists and singers are not to minister for the dancing and jubilation of men in fleshly pleasure. They are to minister to make men sober, convicted, saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit. Those who hear the songs should be filled with joy, praise, and thanksgiving to God. Not all who compose Christian songs do so by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Not all who release Christian albums do so by the instruction of God. There are those who release albums to show their musical talents, to make a name for themselves and to make money.
Although the songs carry the Name of the Lord and contain Scriptural phrases, they minister to the flesh and are disastrous to the body of Christ. Many of these Christian musicians do not know the Lord and so are not walking in His truth. Believers should be able to discern such music that introduce corruptions into the Church and reject them. Do not play instruments or lead others in worship when you have backslidden. Withdraw and seek the Lord's face for your cleansing and restoration before rendering service unto Him. Let not the Lord turn away from His people because of you. The ministers and elders of the people of God should ensure that backsliders and sinners are not involved in playing the instruments or leading the Lord's people in His worship.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s presence, not musicians give life to the Church.
SONG FOR THE DAY: I have joy like a river
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Isaiah 34-36; Philippians 2
PASTOR PAUL RIKA