A Biblical Philosophy of Music 1
7 August 2022 PM – Psalm 100:1-2 – Music22 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Read Psalm 100:1-2. Since God commanded us to sing to Him and in His presence, He obviously has a particular plan for our music. For this reason, we need a biblical philosophy of music. Someone defined a philosophy as “Why you do what you do.” You and I need biblical reasons for why we do what we do in the area of music.
Transition: I want to give you the first three of four biblical reasons that should govern why we do what we do with music.
1st biblical reason that should govern why we do what we do with music is …
God Created Music
a. He created music before He created man
1) Note what we read in Job 38:4-7. “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?“
2) Opinions differ as to whether the morning stars refer to angels or to the stars of heaven. Either way, music existed before man (cf., Psa 148:2-3).
b. He gave man musical abilities.
1) God created man in His own image. God put music in the instinctive melodies of birds and other creatures, but he gave man a creative appreciation for music.
2) God placed within man an ability for music and musical instruments. (Genesis 4:21) “And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.” He was 7 generations after Adam.
3) Elihu told Job that God gives “songs in the night.” (Job 35:10). These are just a few Bible examples.
Thus, because God created music, it belongs to Him, and we must use it in a way that pleases Him.