What makes a song Gospel?
What defines a beat, a genre or a song, a gospel song? At which point does a song qualify for the title, ’gospel’? There’s always a debate when there’s an etching desire to compromise. The world is endlessly seeking middle ground. Making the black look paler and the white greyer. Flipping quickly away from Revelations 3 because Laodicea has become us.
What is gospel music? The word music comes from the Greek word ‘mousike’ which means ‘art of the muses’. To muse is to meditate, ponder on. The message in a song has the ability to indulge our deepest senses and draws us to meditate and even change our ways accordingly. Music appeals to the deepest of our feelings and that’s what makes it so powerful. David’s songs were able to liberate King Saul from the demons that tormented him. It’s his persistent and intentional worship that made God declare David a man after his own heart. Countless men of God in 66 books and only David was after the heart of God. David mastered the art of musing over the love of God.
As a Christian, the understanding of whether or not a song is worthy of a good listen begins from an understanding of who Christ has liberated you to be. Music has the ability to put you in bondages that your maker bled to free you from. Listening to music that exalts sin automatically puts you in a place of comfortable compromise, it appeals to our emotions with beautiful and innocent sounding keys and rhythms yet really it suggests deep sited unacceptable and obvious wrong. When we understand and appreciate the weight of the cross upon the back of our savior, the plea for our forgiveness. Bruises, pleas, gruesome scenes on Calvary for this freedom, we guard it jealously.
Life is too short for flippant pursuits. There’s no time to feed ourselves on music that clouds our judgment. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:13,’ guard your heart for out of it flow the issues of life’. Shield yourself from songs and words and films and conversations that draw you away from your maker
But the devil knows. He knows of our freedom and endless efforts to guard it, he knows of how greatly we loathe him. So he presents himself in pretty, irresistible, seemingly harmless forms. So almost unconsciously there you are, glued on that soft sounding rock song you that speaks of fornication and drunkenness and exalts the self above all else, but how can you help yourself? The beat’s unmatchable, so you say. The Bible opposes you,‘ Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
Thank God for good news; we have the Spirit of God, He convicts us often of sin and righteousness, he intercedes for us. But how long shall we grieve him and silence His efforts to remind us of the price that was purchased for this freedom we attempt to forget?
Dear Christian, your decision to skip that song with the baddest beat by far and fall asleep listening to that slow Don Moen song is more than just a simple choice, that’s you choosing life over death in simple, almost meaningless ways. It’s the sum of such simple decisions that makes you a victor, it’s the decision to feed your soul with worship rather than excite your body that sets you apart.
Dear Christian, God had enough mystery to give you a new song every day for the rest of your life if you ask Him. You are made to worship and every time you open your mouth to sing, you are worshipping. Choose who you will worship, God is no grey zoner, He spits out all manner of Luke warmness, refuse to be spat by God, refuse to grieve the Spirit of God. Those songs, they seem harmless and exciting and oh so witty I know but who are you worshipping child of God when you sing that song. There’s more to life than passing pleasure, stand out, you have been consecrated and anointed, live like it.