God has given man many incredible gifts, including the gift of music. Music, especially singing, is one way that man can communicate to God and praise God. This truth is referenced many times in the Psalms and other Bible verses. But why should Christians be concerned with studying the voice and singing? Isn't it really the heart that matters anyway?
One point to consider is the worth of the One to whom we sing. God is infinitely powerful, but incredibly merciful; he is all-knowing and perfectly holy. If we are truly singing for this amazing Lord, doesn't He deserve our best? When we view God correctly and view our music as a sacrifice of praise to God, we can begin to realize the importance of having the best music possible. When Abel brought an acceptable sacrifice, God was well pleased; but when Cain brought something that was second best, God rejected it.
Another reason for Christians to study singing is that the Bible contains several references that instruct them to perform music well. Psalm 33:3 says to “Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.” David was able to minister in music to Saul because he was a “cunning player on an harp” (I Sam. 16:16). David also appointed skillful musicians to serve around the ark of the Lord (II Chron. 15:16-24). There were specific people (called “cunning”) separated for the full-time service of music in the house of God (I Chron. 25:1-7). The ministry of music is a high calling, and something that should be performed with carefulness and seriousness.
And finally, in order for Christian music to impact the lives of others, it should be high in quality. It is not just having skill in the actual musical notes that makes music effective. The joy of the Lord evident in the lives of the musicians in Psalm 126:2 caused the heathen to realize that God was at work in their lives. Christians have the most important message, the greatest God, many more reasons for singing, and yet many times Christians do not strive for excellence in their music performance. May Christian musicians not be outdone by secular musicians in their enthusiasm for their craft. God deserves the best!
These are a few thoughts on why church musicians should study voice. If you have other thoughts that could contribute to the conversation, please leave comments below.
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