EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 18, 2019.
TEXT: Psalm 137: 1- 6
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 should not be rendered to entertain a secular congregation where the name of the Lord is mocked, and His word is trampled underfoot.
Hence those Christian musicians that go to perform for ungodly audience during naming ceremony, wedding, and other festive occasions which are not in the righteousness of God, are doing so in their pursuit after filthy lucre and not for the glory of God.
The Bible warns: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” Matthew 7:6.
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 the sons of men in fleshly pleasure. They are to minister to the hearts of men to make them 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 music talents, to make a name for themselves and to make money. God has not inspired them to compose the songs they sing.
He has not directed them to release such albums. Although the songs carry the name of the Lord and contain scriptural phrases, they minister to the flesh rather than the spirit 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 and musicians and reject them. These are they who have used music to introduce various corruptions into the church of Christ. If you are a musician, avoid playing the instruments or leading others in the Lord's worship when you have backslidden.
Withdraw and seek the Lord's face for your cleansing and restoration before appearing before the Lord's people to render 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: It is not the presence of musicians that gives life to the church, but the presence of God
Song For the day: I have joy like a river
Bible Reading for the Day: Jonah; Revelation 9
PASTOR PAUL RIKA