Today we will explore the question, what is music? It almost sounds strange since everyone has heard music before, and obviously knows what it is, right? Basically, that’s true, but to lay out the foundations of defining what Biblical music is, we must more firmly establish our understanding of what music is.
1 Chronicles 6:31-32 says, “Now these are the men whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after the ark came to rest. They were ministering with music before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they served in their office according to their order.”
According to this passage, music is a service and a ministry. It isn’t actually stated that music is a service and/or ministry, but rather is an assumed fact, and mentioned in passing. I would also say that music is a tool. Just like a shovel is a tool used to accomplish something, music is also a tool used to accomplish something.
So, now that we have established that music is a service, ministry and tool, we can begin to understand that if music is a service, what purpose is it serving? If music is a ministry, how should it be used to minister to others? If music is a tool, what is it — should it be — accomplishing? These are all very basic and simple, yet vitally important factors in defining what good music is.
If you have any questions or comments regarding anything I say throughout this series on Biblical music, feel free to use the comments below or contact me personally via. email.
~Sola Deo Gloria