Glory. It’s one of the most oft words used in the Bible. And as we’ve discussed over the past few weeks, it’s a "default" for all those who are "in Christ."
As musicians, it’s imperative that we understand the incredible "glory" within us. Because we are in Christ, the power of His glory, via His Spirit, is the reason and strength for our Sunday music ministry.
In the book of Ephesians, for example, the phrase "in Christ" is mentioned over 40 times. The significance, then, for each choir member is in his/her identity in Christ. Each blood-bought member is"
A child born of God
A divine masterpiece
A child of light
A citizen of heavenBecause we are "in Christ", we have this incredible perspective: You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkenss into His marvelous light, for once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9,10
How great is the love which the father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! 1 John 3:1,2
We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10
Wow! What a fantastic privilege – and opportunity. And to think that someday, we will all have "perfect" voices to praise and glorify our Lord.
But, remember, the power and glory of God is in us, right now. As we minister on Sunday mornings, we must use this incredible power in our songs of praise and worship.
Roman 8:17 says that Christians are "joint heirs" with Christ – that means that we share in His glory and power.
Therefore, our music must reflect our position "in Christ"; that is, we are alive with Him and we have been "raised…up together and made [to] sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
As we minister this Sunday, may our position "in Christ" be evident to all who hear us sing. For truly we sing,
"To God alone be the glory."