«Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!» (Psalm 105: 1, 2).
THE ISRAELITES USED SONG to cheer their passage through the wilderness. Moses sang a song of praise to God for the wonderful way He had freed them from slavery. The tribe of Levi, which remained faithful to God while the rest of Israel made and worshiped a golden calf, was set apart by the Lord to be responsible for sacred tasks, among them, song service in the temple. The psalmist David invites religious song over and over through his psalms. As you can see, the concept of music as a ministry, as a contribution to religious praise, is as ancient as the Old Testament. There is no doubt for us, as we see how it originated, that worshiping God through music is good.
However, we have to keep one thing very clear: music that is interpreted to praise God should be focused on God, not on self or on the congregation. The focus of what is sung (in both the words and the style of the music) is the Lord. He is the One we want to please—not ourselves or the people who are listening so they may have a high concept of my gifts.
How do we please God? How do we know what He likes us to do for Him in terms of music? In searching for an answer to this question, I like to use an image from our everyday life. Whenever we are about to offer a gift to someone we know and love, out first thought is about who the person is and what he or she Likes—what would he/she find pleasing? Then we try to find a gift to fit the personality.
It should happen the same way with our musical gifts to God. We first need to find out who God is—His character, His attributes—so that we can match our gift as nearly as possible to His personality. Our music should express all the facets of the character of God: His holiness, His creatorship, His majesty and grandeur, His love, mercy, and faithfulness. Our music should also be an expression of our gratitude for these aspects of His character» (Lilianne Doukhan, In Tune with God, p. 97).