Music ministry is more than just songs – worship music is an encounter with God.
Loving God, help us to sing our praises to you in times of sorrow and joy. Heaven and earth may pass away, but your promises remain. Help us to use and develop our gifts and talents that You have given to us to sing praises, worship you and in return, lead others to you.
“To sing is to pray twice”.
The Lord delights when we sing our praises Him.
We might think that it is easy to sing to Him when things are going well. However, when things get tough, singing praises might be the last thing on our mind.
In Scripture we are reminded that it is especially important to sing praises to the Lord in times of crisis. We see this in the great prophet Elisha, who asked for the ministry of music before prophesying:
“And Elisha said… “now bring me a minstrel.” And when the minstrel played, the power of the Lord came upon him.
2 Kings 3:14-15 RSVCE
Then Jehoshaphat in his time of desperate need for God to show up, decided to put in place the ministry of music.
“And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy array, as they went before the army, and say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures for ever.”
And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.”
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 RSVCE
Let us continue to sing to the Lord, following the words and invitation of the Holy Father:
“Music is particularly important, representing as it does a real environment in which the young are constantly immersed, as well as a culture and a language capable of arousing emotion and shaping identity. The language of music also represents a pastoral resource with a particular bearing on the liturgy and its renewal”. Singing can be a great incentive to young people as they make their way through life.”
Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, 226
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