What do we have to give the Lord, the King of kings, the creator of the universe? There is nothing we can give him that he has not seen, that he has not created, that he has not already given us as a gift of grace. The earth is his and everything in it! So what can we do?
As musicians, we get really excited about writing new riffs, getting perfect tone, and coming up with fresh beats. But really, God created it all and he knows all music before we even play it. He created good tone, he created harmony and he has heard the angles singing since the day he created them. When we write, we are just discovering what God has already created somehow. So, what could we do as musicians to impress the Lord?
Secondly, we must make our hearts humble before the Lord. God looks at the heart of man not the outer appearance! We will never be able to write a melody that is impressive to God. It is however, possible to be pleasing to him in our worship. If our music is rooted in the gospel and centered on bringing God glory rather than ourselves, I believe God will delight in our music.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. — (1 Samuel 16:7)
Ultimately, we need to be concerned about how God sees our heart through our music and how the world is introduced to his grace. What a great balance that is! Show God a humble heart, bring the church before the throne of grace, and show the world that not only is our music incredible, it is the truth of the gospel.
From the words of the Little Drummer Boy:
I have no gift to bring, that’s fit to give the King. Shall I play for you, on my drum? Mary nodded. I played my drum for Him, I played my best for Him, Then He smiled at me, me and my drum.
Grace and Peace,