Our Creator has created mankind in His image – with the ability to create. When we create and express our love and devotion to God we discover the fullness He intended. This fullness and wholeness is found only in how we relate with our Creator: His work in us and through us.
Music is a gift of glory that we can create and express individually and uniquely but also corporately. When we make music together to glorify God in worship it contains a sense of heaven touching earth.
In Revelation 7:9-12 we read how music and worship come together in heaven:
“…I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
When we gather around God’s throne in heaven with representatives from all the peoples of the earth, it would be a strange phenomenon indeed if we were all singing western style music. The Lord will be enthroned upon the unique praises he gifted to each people. The heart music of a people is intertwined in their cultural identity; it is not borrowed from other cultures. It is music that draws out the spirit into songs, movements, and rhythms – crying out of the corporate soul of a people as they worship their Creator.