A Sermon on Ephesians 5:19
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, (ESV)
In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds what he calls the characteristics of Christian music based on Ephesians 5:19. He says that, for Christians, worship music is not about sensuous experiences, but Spirit filled worship and praise of God the Savior. It is not done for human entertainment or for the sake of showmanship, but it is about exalting God and his great Name. For this reason, it is not to be done flippantly and in a crass manner, but who we worship should inform how we worship. True Christian worship in a church is to be done as a congregation and community of believers who have come together. It is not a time for individuals to demonstrate their musical prowess and ability, but it is time for all Christians to come together and sing as a unified body. Because Christian worship takes place in a church, it is to always be subject to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. To do otherwise would be to commit the great error of the Roman Catholic Church and replace the proclamation of God’s Word with something else, whether it be music or sacraments. For true worship is always done in light of God’s revelation of himself and of his will to his people.