Worship means honouring, ardently loving, sweetly differentiating, making worthy, glorifying. It could also mean intentional honour in songs. But spiritually or Kingdom-meaning, worship simply means “doing what God made you for”, and that is to worship Him, to glorify Him.
James 3:8-9 says,
“But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God”.
These days, believers have a habit of dishonoring the name of our Lord with their tongue. They sing songs of the world in a moment then also worship the Lord with the same tongue after a while, having a mood on when to worship God. This is wrong. Look at Cain and Abel. Cain’s sacrifice as a means to worship God had a little problem. He didn’t honour God with the best of his farm produce. The Bible says he brought “some” (Genesis 4:3), but concerning Abel, the bible says he brought the “best portion” (Genesis 4:4). Can you see the difference?
Some of us have different genre of music. The way you grew up or the kind of music you grew up with can affect your decision in choosing songs to listen to, but, it is only because you have trained your spirit to only accept that kind of song, that’s why. You control your spirit to aligning with any song you deem good for listening.
My message here is this; listen to whatever will build your spirit man in the sight of God. Am in no place to choose for you, what you should download and listen to. But, let it be the kind your Father will be proud of.
James 3:11-12 says,
“Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you cant draw fresh water from a salty spring”.
Whatever is spiritual is spiritual and whatever that is carnal is carnal. Nothing you feel, think or assume can change that! Whoever is of the Spirit of God, is of God and whoever is not of the Spirit of God, is of his own flesh. The bible already tells us how to handle songs.
Ephesians 5:19-20 says,
“Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Colossians 3:16 says,
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts”.
These are the kind of songs that edify you and there is goodness out of this.
Special Assistant to the President (Bible Study), Peculiar Ministers Christian Movement