This past week we recorded some of the lead vocals for our upcoming project, Come Weary Saints, due out in April. It’s a project of congregational worship songs designed to encourage faith and hope in the hearts of those who are going through trials.
Each of the vocalists who came to sing was clearly there not to promote themselves, but to serve those whoever would be listening. It was evident from their preparation, the way they joyfully received comments, and their gratefulness for the opportunity to participate in the project. Grace abounded.
It reminded me of a message I gave at the Sovereign Grace WorshipGod conference in 2002. I was seeking to answer questions like, “How do we know whether we’re successful as a musician or not? What standards do we use? Does being a Christian musician mean we only play or sing songs that reference our faith in Christ? If that’s true, then can someone glorify God as a member of a symphony orchestra or a jazz trio?”
The message was titled, “The Call of the Christian Musician.” I spoke from Romans 12:1-8 and suggested that the call of the Christian musician is to faithfully make music, in any context, that reflects a grateful servant’s response to the Gospel.
Here’s a portion of the video. You can download the MP3 here for free.
It doesn’t matter whether we make music for the church on Sunday morning, for a recording, or in some completely different context. Our musical gifts are just that – gifts. May our music making, no matter where it happens, always be a humble servant’s response to the Gospel and bring glory to the Giver of all gifts.