David and all Israel were dancing before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
1 Chronicles 13:8 (NRSV)
I know that the black and white notes are simply the building blocks of the tune; the actual music comes from the expression and the feelings of the musician. People who play worship music put their love of the Lord into the music as well. Just as a singer belts out a line and chills run up your spine, worship music can feel like a divine wave of love and passion running through your soul. Even a beginning instrumentalist and an inexperienced singer can lift praises to God that bring other worshipers to their knees.
REFLECT: Chapel bands want their music to help the audience feel the spirit of Christ; and yet, they are often told not to play with too much enthusiasm, as if they might upstage God. Impossible! If you surrender your talents to the Lord and play from the heart—not for yourself or for the crowd but for the Lord—God will guide your singing and playing so that your music pleases God and inspires others.
Tommy Paschal [Ball Ground, PA]