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)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9,2023
TEXT: PSALM 149: 1-8
1Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, And his praise in the congregation of saints.2Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3Let them praise his name in the dance: Let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: He will beautify the meek with salvation.5Let the saints be joyful in glory: Let them sing aloud upon their beds.6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two edged sword in their hand;7To execute vengeance upon the heathen,
And punishments upon the people;8To bind their kings with chains,
Key verse: Psalm 150: 1 “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power.”
QUESTION: Many churches no longer clap hands for choruses but have replaced
the old hymns with worldly songs and dances. Is it okay to use music band in church?
Answer: Use of drums in churches have turned worship to carnal emotions. Sinners
are not sober to repent and are not convicted by the word but dance and laugh since
music gives joy. So, do we remove the music band? That is an individual decision.
It can be used if the right approach is applied; playing godly songs solemnly, worship
will flow naturally to bless the gospel of Christ because music was used in the Old
Testament. A minstrel played for Elisha and he got inspiration for prophecy. David
played a harp solemnly and an evil spirit departed from Saul.
Music was used profitably in the Old Testament but when it is used in the spirit of
the world, it is evil. In fact, many people Jesus Christ appeared to in our day have
talked about Jesus’ lamentation on the way music is used in our churches today.
Jesus does not receive such praise and worship because you do not respond with
your heart but with your flesh. The words of the songs are not even heard yet the
words that I speak are spirit and life. It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits
nothing but now the words that are supposed to give life are not heard. It is the flesh
that profits nothing that is in ascendency. So, there are no blessings or benefits.
Let the music approach change. Those who feel they cannot control their people
anymore may ban it and it will be wisdom since they cannot control the people.
Some instrumentalists go from place to place and constitute nuisance to meetings.
They play music for everything; announcement, prayer, preaching…. During
prayers, he gives you music. That is mechanical inspiration. As preaching is going
on, somebody is playing music. It destroys the solemnity of the word and turns
everything to pleasure. So, let every church know the truth and take decision.
Thought for the day: Praise ye the LORD; for it is good to sing praises unto our God.
Song for the day: Praise the Lord; my spirit, soul and body praise the Lord.
Bible reading for the day: Proverbs 15-16; 2 Corinthians 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA