What Kind of Music Does God Like?

Amidst the “Worship Wars” that churches have been going through for over 30 years, let’s be clear that Scripture addresses our question at hand. What kind of music does God like? God likes music with the following components:

  • Skill: God does not appreciate poorly written or sloppily performed music (1 Chronicles 25:7; Psalm 33:3).
  • Volume: God commands us to shout for joy (Psalm 33:3). What will be the volume level of the mass choir described in Revelation?
  • Joy: The Psalmist exhorts us to sing for joy (Psalm 33:1).
  • Creativity: The creativity of God is mirrored in the men and women who have ability to create beautiful musical sounds and to use them for praise.
  • Participation: Musical praise is not for isolated individuals alone. It is a corporate activity (1 Chronicles 23:5; Colossians 3:16).
  • Motivation: This involves the heart of the worshiper. We may have all of the above but if the songs are not offered with love in the heart for Jesus Christ, the exercise is futile.

What kind of music do you think God likes?

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2 thoughts on “What Kind of Music Does God Like?

  1. Enjoyed your comments very much! I have a comment concerning those who quote scripture from the old testament supporting music being played at extremely high volumes (which you have not done here!) In the setting and time of the old testament, amplification as we know it didn’t exist. I cannot understand the need for musicians to BLAST one with overwhelming volume so that it is even difficult to hear their lovely voices, not to mention the hearing loss that goes with listening to music at high volumes. I’m on a praise & worship team and have hearing loss from the guitar amp situated on stage. I’m not sure God is in favor of listening to music so loud it damages hearing.

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