Music is very generational. I still think the best music came out in the sixties. My father-in-law would have argued for the big band sound. My mom and dad thought the smooth crooning of Frank Sinatra or Perry Como was the best of the best. My kids, they dance to the eighties or nineties sounds and the grandkids, they love a whole new world of music.
Music changes. It has a life for a generation and then gets replaced with a new sound. But music also changes in the church. The great old hymns of the past may not get used as much today as they once did. Organ music may not be played in our churches today. The choir may now be second fiddle to a praise and worship team. And for those of us who like a certain style, that may be a bit hard to swallow.
But let me share one of the reasons why it’s okay for the church music we grew up with to be replaced by a new style or sound. It’s found in Psalm 33:3: “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”
There it is, a new song. God gives the command for us to sing new songs to Him. Remember, the music is for Him. When God inspires a new young musician with a song, we need to be willing to listen, sing, and engage.
It may not be what we would choose, but God loves every bit of the music that comes from a heart that praises Him.
Father, whether I love the music or not, help me to use it to worship You.