The Master’s Church View of Worship Music
Worship Music Should Be Intentionally Biblical
The Master’s Church believes that worship music, like the rest of the worship service, should be filled with biblical quotations and allusions (Ephesians 5:19). We are intentional in singing the Scriptures! The songs we sing in worship should be doctrinally rich and profound. We want people to meditate on biblical truths and learn about God as they sing out to the Lord (Colossians 3:16). Therefore, we desire to learn about God and His amazing grace, about Christ and His wondrous salvation and about the Holy Spirit and His powerful ministries.
Worship Music Should Be Intentionally
The Master’s Church believes that worship music should take place for the glory and pleasure of God. Psalm 115:1 declares, “To God alone be the glory!” We therefore, desire that our worship music encourages our people to “magnify” and “exalt” the Triune God of Scripture (Psalm 34:3). We want God to receive all honor and glory and power that is due His name (Revelation 4:11). We do this by praising and extoling His infinite attributes in lyrics as revealed in the Scriptures (Ephesians 1:12). While we want songs to be enjoyable and edifying for our people, they are exclusively targeted toward God (Isaiah 42:8). This fulfills our ultimate goal in glorifying God by singing directly of Him, for Him, and to Him (Romans 11:36).
Worship Music Should Be Intentionally
The Master’s Church believes that worship music should be distinctly about the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:12-13). We are desirous to make much of Jesus Christ and the glorious Gospel. Because we believe that Christ’s death and resurrection is the centerpiece of human history we are determined to sing music that will point people to the person and work Christ. We will make it our aim to sing about Christ’s perfect life, sacrificial death, victorious resurrection, splendid ascension, high priestly ministry, and glorious return!
Worship Music Should Be Intentionally Congregational
The Master’s Church believes that worship music should encourage every congregant to sing out praise to God (Psalm 47:6). We believe that Jesus Christ is uniquely glorified by congregational singing (Revelation 4:4-5). Singing praises to God is the responsibility of the entire body of Christ (Ephesians 5:18-21). We want to emulate the New Testament church and how they sang Psalms corporately (1 Corinthians 14:26). The book of Hebrews quotes Psalm 22 by stating, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” We therefore seek to engage the whole church in singing, which exalts God and brings joy to our hearts (2 Chronicles 23:18).
Worship Music Should Be Intentionally Zealous
The Master’s Church believes that worship songs should have lyrics and melodies that impact the emotions of the entire person (Matthew 22:37-38). At times, that will include musical songs to be quiet and meditative, and at other times it will include songs that are joyful and celebrative. We are to intentionally promote a heartfelt praise to the Lord, which is consistent with the Psalms and how they encourage us to “shout” to the Lord (Psalm 32:11; 35:27; 98:4) and “make a joyful shout to God” (Psalm 66:1). We want to help our congregation to be immersed in biblical truth and respond with thoughtful, Spirit-led zeal (John 4:24).
Worship Music Should Be Intentionally Distinct
The Master’s Church believes that worship music should reflect the character of God in His glory, holiness, majesty, love, grace, joy, and other attributes (Psalm 96). While we recognize that musical styles can be subjective, we desire that our music promotes a biblical reverence and awe for God (Hebrews 12:28-29). That means that we will have a sound that is different from what is heard in the secular world. We believe the tones and melodies matter to God. We also desire that our music be distinct in its quality. To that end, we are striving to deliver music that is excellent. Psalm 33:3 speaks of singing “to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” We are hopeful that the result will be Christ-honoring music that will move us in wonder, love and praise.