Noah and Singing

It must have taken a lot of disappointments but when God finally reached the end of His patience, He told Noah to build an ark. Fortunately for his family, Noah paid attention to God better than most people today who claim to follow Divine instruction. The ark was made from gopher wood because that is the type of wood God said to use; substituting mesquite, fir or pine would have been disastrous. Noah did not decide to adapt divine instruction with oak trim to fit his felt needs (it is so pleasing to the senses, cf. Genesis 3:6); he just obeyed. And, it pleased God to save eight souls.

Now, push forward to today. God tells us to sing and make melody in our heart (Colossians 3:16). He did not say play, yodel, hum or whistle, all of which are types of music but different than singing, making them additions or adaptations to His original and singular commandment to sing. A fifth-grader could distinguish between sing and play and the two are not the same. We know what God wants us to do: sing; anything else is an addition to what God asked us to do and since He spoke nothing concerning those alternative music methods, one can know that they would not be pleasing to God (Hebrews 7:14). So, playing, yodeling, humming or whistling is not included. Even clapping fits in that unauthorized category (it is a rhythm instrument; the only difference between clapping and drumming is that one is played on dead animal skin and the other on live human skin – and, unless one is sending Morse code, it is not speaking, cf. Ephesians 5:19, or teaching and admonishing, cf. Colossians 3:16).

It is really that simple. Yet religious people of every digression imaginable think that God is pleased with the clanging, cowbell music of their worship services because it caters to someone’s felt needs. From honky-tonking to heavy metal, communion with God becomes a corrupt concert with which only Satan could be pleased.

Noah did not use optional woods; his obedience pleased God. Christians will not use optional music; that obedience pleases God.