by Roger Thomas

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Amos: God's Favorite Music (11 of 20)
Roger Thomas
Amos 4:6-13; 5:21-24

Introduction: My title may prompt some of you to ask, ''Does God have a favorite kind of music?'' The answer of course is not really. He loves both kinds-country and western!

Seriously, I do want to use the occasion of our study of Amos to think a bit about music and how it fits into our understanding of worship in the church. As we will see in a moment, Amos does have something very important to add to that discussion. But before we get to Amos, let's think about music and the church. A handful of observations:

1. God made music. He created a world that is capable of music and he created humans with a capacity for making and appreciating music. Music is of course sound and in some cases words arranged in way that is pleasing to the ear and stirring to the emotions. Music can soothe the savage beast or rouse the troops to action. Music can do both. Some of us appreciate the soothing part and others the rousing part.

2. Christianity is a faith of music. From its Old Testament roots to the climactic chapters of Revelation, the Bible is filled with music. Those who would rather skip the music at church and move on to the main thing must be taking their lead from someplace other than the Bible. You cannot have a biblical faith without music. It's that simple. Martin Luther went so far as to say, ''I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God'' (''Martin Luther-The Early Years,'' Christian History, no. 34.)

The Old Testament commands music. The Psalms is a biblical book almost totally made up music. The book ends with this ringing call to song, 'Praise the LORD. . . . Praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. (Psa. 150). Music was so vital to the Jewish temple that Solomon organized around the clock orchestras and choir ...

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