EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 4TH 2021
TEXT: PSALM 150:1-6
Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
KEY VERSE: EPHESIANS 5:19
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Whatever instruments used to praise and worship God must be with solemn sounds. It should produce solemn sounds that inspire worship. The purpose is for worship not for entertainment. Sadly, modern day churches have misused instruments to send away the Holy Spirit from among them. Thus, these have become accursed instruments used to send away the Holy Ghost from the congregation or assembly. The use of these instruments now stir up all kinds of pollution.
The people playing them are not children of God. They dress as worldly musicians. The styles, rhythm and beats they play do not glorify God. Their music was designed to arouse fleshly emotions as in disco halls. The sobriety and solemnity required in worship to honor God and bring conviction to sinners for repentance is lost and sinners and backsliders rather dance and remain unconverted.
Knowing what these instruments do to congregations, we protect ourselves by not exposing our members to the danger of worldly gospel music. If indeed the Lord has called you to the music industry, it shall be music that glorifies God. If you do it to the glory of God, it will be good, because music is also part of the scriptures. Now that the world has taken over Gospel music, do we withdraw or we raise up people like David to offer godly praise unto God? When David played the instruments an evil spirit went out from King Saul.
Note that singing is music with or without instruments. Congregational songs, hymns and choruses with clapping of hands are part of music (with or without musical instruments). Be informed that all through the New Testament era musical instruments are not mentioned except the use of harps in praise worship of God by redeemed saints in heaven. This is the requirement of scripture. We do not need musical instruments to achieve this. Careful use of musical instruments can still achieve this, but what is important is singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
Thought for the day: Sobriety and solemnity are needed in worship of God.
Song for the day: Praise the Lord my spirit, soul and body (3x) Shout Alleluia!
Bible reading for the day: 1 Kings 8-9; Luke 23:39-56
PASTOR PAUL RIKA