Announcements (30 Oct 2016)

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Oct 302016
 

Reformation Sunday Today. Sun Sch students 15yrs above are encouraged to attend a documentary on John Knox and the Reformation in Scotland @11.30am Chapel. All are welcome!

Catechumens Final Interview Today @12.30pm at the kindergarten office. Elders please attend.

Special Session Meeting (6 Nov @1.45 pm): All Session members, please attend.

Church’s 33rd Anniversary Service (13Nov @9.30-11.55am): Please note that there will be no intermission.

Family Seminar@ Life BPC 11-14 Nov. Please refer to the poster for the schedule and topics. If you are interested, please register with Dn James by today!

Philippines Mission Trip (5-14 Dec 2016). If you are interested to join this Mission trip, please register with Sister Li Ping. Closing date: 30 Oct. (last day)

30 Oct 2016 – “To Obey or not to Obey”

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To Obey or not to Obey

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, do we have an option? When we do not obey we sin against God and we are guilty. The right attitude when we disobey is to plead for God’s mercy that our God thru our Lord Jesus Christ will forgive us and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness.

What is Obedience? I noticed that Obedience to some is defined according to their own convenience. They select what they want to obey and what not to obey. I call this selective obedience. This is exactly what a church friend did. When he and his wife found out after the test was done that they will have a down-syndrome baby; they decided to abort the baby even though the baby is already after the second term or six months. Their reason “We cannot take care of a down-syndrome person”. They decided to kill or murder for their own convenience. This is the extreme, but what about honoring the Sabbath day? Having tuition classes after Church service? What about attending Church Prayer meeting on Wednesdays?

Webster Dictionary defines Obedience as “Compliance with a command, prohibition or known law and rule of duty prescribed; the performance of what is required or enjoined by authority, or the abstaining from what is prohibited, in compliance with the command or prohibition. To constitute obedience the act or forbearance to act must be in submission to authority; the command must be known to the person, and his compliance must be in consequence of it, or it is not obedience – obedience is not synonymous with obsequiousness; the latter often implying meanness or servility, and obedience being merely a proper submission to authority.”

As followers and believers of the Lord Jesus Christ we have our duty to God.  We can summarize these duties into three areas. Firstly – LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR BEING. We find this in what Jesus considered the greatest commandment of the Law in Matthew 22:34-38. Being the greatest command, then I would suggest this is our greatest duty. Secondly – OBEY GOD FROM THE HEART. Jesus said this in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Jesus taught that keeping His commandments is evidence of true love. And thirdly – MAKE GOD OUR PRIORITY. Jesus said as part of His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:33 that His will, His rule, His righteousness, should be our first priority. Not only over our personal concerns, but even over our duty to country as stated by Peter in Acts 5:29 “…. we ought to obey God rather than men”.

Where do you stand on these three duties? Many, claiming to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, labor under the idea that life is about working, getting married, getting a nice house, raising children, sending them to college, and having grandchildren. Of course part of this, is going to church and being a “good Christian.” After this, they can happily die and go to heaven.

Everything in their lives is built around these values. When there are spiritual opportunities they say “no”; the result, God’s Eternal Purpose is not much of a consideration anymore. As Pastor Gan said “they are passive; just sitting on the fence doing nothing.” If you ask them, many of them even have no idea what is God’s Eternal purpose.

However, if we look at the first century followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, they were a different breed altogether. They lived in a very harsh society, where to be a Christian means torture, imprisonment and to others death, and yet their main occupation was the pursuit of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of God’s Eternal Purpose. Everything else in their lives revolved around that pursuit. They were driven as it became their passion, vision, motivation and purpose.

What about you? Do you love God with all your being? Do you obey God from your heart? Do you make God your priority? Is the heartbeat of God; His Eternal Purpose a mere supplement to your lives? Is it taking a back seat to the values described above?

What is your passion, vision, motivation, and purpose that drives your lives and governs every decision you make? Is it the God of the Bible or your god of convenience?

We are reminded of the reformation started by Martin Luther in 1517, when he published his “95 theses”. The reformers went back to the Bible and stated “Sola Scriptura” – Scriptures only! This meant to allow the truth of Scripture to change conduct and practices that do not align with what the Bible says. They were willing to die for the truth in Scriptures rather than be forced to continue doing what they know was unscriptural.

Are you a Biblical believer? if you are, then you must heed the Spirit of God calling you and me to prioritize our lives in the light of God’s ultimate intention and magnificent obsession: to stand for and declare the truth to others.

Emmanuel T Gumapon

Announcements (23 Oct 2016)

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Oct 232016
 

Adults SS Today: Quieting a Noisy Soul by Dr Jim Berg @Chapel 11.30am. Facilitator: Eld. Sim.  All are welcome!

Catechumens please proceed to the kindergarten office @11.30am for the Last Catechism Class with Pastor Gan today.

In-Conversation (29 Oct, 10-11.30am). Pastor Gan will share the Church’s Vision/Mission and involve your participation in working out its implications. All New Lifers are encouraged to attend.

Lay-Leaders’ Training (29 Oct, 12.30-2.30pm). A Study & Reflection on Biblical Servant Leadership and Every-Member Ministry. Those involved in leadership positions (past or present) are strongly urged to attend. All are welcome!

Reformation Sunday (30 Oct). SS students 15yrs above are encouraged to attend a documentary on John Knox and the Reformation in Scotland @11.30am Chapel. All are welcome!

Catechumens Final Interview (30 Oct@ 12.30pm) at the kindergarten office. Elders please attend.

Special Session Meeting (6 Nov @1.45 pm): All Session members, please attend.

Family Seminar  @ Life BPC 11-14 Nov. Please refer to the poster for the schedule and topics. If you are interested, please register with Dn James by today!

Philippines Mission Trip (5-14 Dec 2016). If you are interested to join this Mission trip, please register with Sister Li Ping. Closing date: 30 Oct.

23 Oct 2016 – The Clay in the Potter’s Hand

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The Clay in the Potter’s Hand

O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Jeremiah 18:6

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me after Thy will,

While I am waiting, yielded and still.

We have sung this stanza of this hymn many times. Do we really mean it? What happens if we want to be something else that God wants us to be? Are we going to rebel or do we humbly submit ourselves to His will and say, “Not my will but Thine be done?”

In Isaiah 45:9, we are reminded that the clay has not right to tell the potter how it should be handled or what it should be moulded into. When God the Potter moulds us into the people that He desires, there is a purpose and those who claim to love God should see it in that context. (Romans 8:28).

Often times, it is not easy to accept what God intends to mould us into. There will be times when it is really very hard to let God have His own way, as a potter would have his own way with the clay. It may mean giving up our hopes and aspirations for His greater purpose and glory.Sometimes, it may also mean that God wants to teach us lessons.

Before I started my National Service, I hardly mingled with the Hokkien-speaking boys in my school and even developed an unhealthy, if not disdainful attitude towards them. However, our omniscient God wanted that to change. How did He do that?

When I was called up for National Service, I was sent to do my basic military training in Nee Soon Camp. I was taken aback when I found out I would be living and training with Hokkien-speaking people for three months, some of who had drug and gang-related police records! “O God, why did I end in the ‘lions’ den? Why have You decided to put me with them, instead of my fellow A-level friends?” I lamented and complained.

After Basic Military Training was over, I thought that was the end of my “ordeal”. Apparently, God was not done with me yet. He was definitely still moulding me when He willed that I should be sent to eat, sleep and work with Hokkien-speaking army drivers for the next 2 years and 3 months.

When I looked back, I realised God wanted to humble me and stop me from becoming no different from a Pharisee. No, I did not smoke, gamble, swear like them or even speak of the opposite sex in the same lewd manner. However, there were many things I could learn from them. One thing I did improve on was my Hokkien vocabulary, although I had to discard nearly 50 percent of what I learnt for obvious reasons.

The more important thing was that the Lord showed me that they are like me – fellow sinners. As such, I should humble myself and show them the Saviour’s love. I also found that their work ethic is better than many of the better-educated A-level and polytechnic graduates in my midst! That’s was not all; most of them were actually nice people who were helpful and kind and would have no qualms about going the extra mile to help me when I needed their help. I would dare say that the conduct of some of them would put me and some Christians to shame.

By the time I completed my National Service 912 days after it started, I thank God for putting me to live amongst the people whom I had so obviously known little about and showed me there were many things I could learn from them. Yes, the 912 days of moulding during my NS days were sometimes painful but the experience was humbling, for I was forced to come out of my comfort zone and learn to love people who were different from me.

Indeed, O God, mould us and make us after Your will and when You mould us, help us to thank you and accept your will, Amen!  (by Dn. Ronnie Tan)

Announcements (16 Oct 2016)

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Oct 162016
 

Adults SS: Quieting a Noisy Soul by Dr Jim Berg @Chapel 11.30am. All are welcome! Facilitator: Eld. Sim.

Catechumens please proceed to the kindergarten office @11.30am for the Catechism Class.

Session Meeting (TODAY @1.45 pm): All Session members, please attend.

India Mission Trip (19-28Oct): Pray for Rev Nathan, Eld Prasad & Sis Jini for God’s blessing & protection.

In-Conversation (29 Oct, 10-11.30am) –Pastor will share the Church’s Vision/Mission Statement and involve your participation in working out its implications. All New Lifers are encouraged to attend.

Lay-Leaders’ Training (29 Oct, 12.30-2.30pm) – A Study & Reflection on Biblical Servant Leadership and Every-Member Ministry. All are welcome! Those involved in leadership positions (past or present) are strongly urged to attend.

Philippines Mission Trip (5-14 Dec 2016). If you are interested to join this Mission trip, please register with Sister Li Ping. Closing date: 30 Oct.

16 Oct 2016 – Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour

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Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour: Fanny Crosby (1820 – 1915)

By Sis Lilian Lee

Sometimes when a Christian undergoes trials, he can become discouraged as he struggles to understand what had befallen upon him. However as he faithfully goes through life and when he looks back, he will surely see the faithful hand of God in his life. The blind hymnwriter, Fanny Crosby bears testimony to the lovingkindness of our Mighty God.

Born on March 24, 1820, in New York, Fanny was the only child of John & Mercy Crosby and the family was of Puritan roots. She was not born blind for she tells us in her own book: Memories of Eighty Years.: “When I was six weeks old a slight cold caused inflammation of the eyes. Our usual doctor was away from home, so a stranger was called in. He recommended the use of hot poultices, which practically destroyed my sight. When this sad calamity became known, the unfortunate man thought it best to leave the neighbourhood, and we never heard of him again.” A  few months after this tragic event, before she was one year old, her father died!

We may ask in pity of this poor baby these questions: Why did the Lord allow her to become blind? Why allow a quack doctor to even come near to her? Why take away her father? Her attitude was totally different from what we think. For she wrote of the “doctor”:  “But I have not, for a moment, in more than eighty-five years, felt a spark of resentment against him; for I have always believed that the good Lord, in His infinite mercy, by this means consecrated me to the work that I am still permitted to do. When I remember how I have been blessed, how can I repine?”

We also see the faithfulness of God in His Providential Blessings upon her life:

  1. After the father died, the mother had to go to work. Fanny was then left with her grandmother who loved her and cared for her. She also read the Bible with her and taught her to always turn to God in prayer for all her needs. From her, Fanny learned to pray and commit to the Lord for all her needs.
  2. Then there was a kind landlady Mrs Hawley who helped Fanny to memorise the Bible. She learned by heart – the Pentateuch, the Gospels, Proverbs, Song of Solomon and many of the Psalms! It is no wonder that her hymns carry so much of the Bible because she had learned so much of it by heart.
  3. Fanny wanted badly to learn like other normal children and she prayed for this for about four years! One day the mother came home with news that there was a school for her – the New York Institute for the Blind! She was sad to leave home but she was determined to learn. She stayed in the school for 23 years – first as a student and then later as a teacher! Thank God for the school provided her with both the much needed education and employment!
  4. It was also at the Institute that she met her husband Alexander van Alystyne who was blind like her. He was her former student (she was 11 years older than him!) and he later became a professor there. Both loved music and were accomplished musicians. Theirs was a happy marriage of some 44 years until his death in 1902. They had a baby girl who died as an infant.
  1. It was after her marriage that she left teaching at the Institute and started her career in writing hymns. She promised her agent to write 3 hymns a day but in fact sometimes she wrote 6 or 7 hymns a day! In total, she wrote some 8000 hymns! She was known as the Queen of Gospel Songwriters because many of her hymns are evangelical (eg: Rescue the Perishing! /Blessed Assurance/ Pass me not, O Gentle, Saviour). Her hymns have blessed and will continue to bless generations of Christians!

Fanny was truly gifted of the Lord in hymn writing. There are many recorded instances where a person would play her a melody and requested her to provide the lyrics and she would do so just like that! Of the hymn “Safe in the arms of Jesus”, Fanny Crosby wrote: “On April 30, 1868, Dr. W. H. Doane came into my house and said: “I have exactly forty minutes before my train leaves for Cincinnati. Here is a melody. Can you write words for it?’ Then followed a space of twenty minutes, during which I was unconscious of all else except the work I was doing. At the end of that time I recited the words, ‘Safe in the arms of Jesus’ to Mr. Doane. He wrote them down, and had time to catch his train.”

  1. She was a source of blessings to others as she was always active. When she was not writing hymns, she was busy with church or mission work. She was hard working and took a lively interest in all around her – even to her old age!
  1. She died when she was 95 years old just about two weeks before her birthday. God has granted her a very long life to serve Him!

About her blindness, Fanny wrote: If I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind…for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.” Dear Christian reader, whatever state you be in today, know that God has not passed you by. He will bless you richly even as we walk in gratitude and obedience to Him.

Announcements (09 Oct 2016)

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Oct 092016
 

Adults SS: Quieting a Noisy Soul by Dr Jim Berg @Chapel 11.30am. All are welcome! Facilitator: Eld. Sim.

Catechumens please proceed to the kindergarten office @11.30am for the Catechism Class with Elder Prasad.

SAF Meeting on the 15th Oct at 4:30-6:30pm. Speaker: Rev. Bob Phee. Topic:- Brotherly Kindness. Meeting at NLBPC Chapel. Pot-luck dinner at Fellowship Hall.
Further information, please contact Bro Ronnie Pang@81335574.

Rev. Gabriel Gan is on leave from 8 – 16 Oct 2016.

Children’s Sunday Today! – All children are invited to join this special program.

In-Conversation (29 Oct, 10-11.30am) –Pastor will share the Church’s Vision/Mission Statement and involve your participation in working out its implications. All New Lifers
are encouraged to attend.

Lay-Leaders’ Training (29 Oct, 12.30-2.30pm) – A Study & Reflection on Biblical Servant Leadership and Every-Member Ministry. All are welcome! Those involved in leadership positions (past or present) are strongly urged to attend.

Philippines Mission Trip (5-14 Dec 2016). If you are interested to join this Mission trip, please register with Sister Li Ping. Closing date: 30 Oct.

09 Oct 2016 – Train Up A Child

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Oct 092016
 

“Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

This verse from Solomon instructs us how to train a child according to God’s word. The Bible tells us that children are a reward from God (Ps 127:3). Therefore, it is appropriate that we seek God’s wisdom in training our children. Moses wrote almost 4000 years ago that we are to teach our children by talking about them when we sit at home, when we walk along the way, when we lie down and when we get up. (Deut 6:7).

First things first

The soul of a child is the first thing to be considered. These little ones are precious in our sight but nothing is so dear than that which will never die. “The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat” (2 Pet 3:10) but whether the soul which dwells in the child will live in happiness or suffer in misery will depend on us. We are to train with this perspective in mind and this can only be done with knowledge of the Bible. We cannot make our children love the Bible and only the Holy Spirit can give us a heart that delights in the Word. But we can make sure that they are familiar with the Word of God. We are to instil in our children that a proper knowledge of the Word is the foundation of a right relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Train them to have the habit of obedience, faith and truth

Parents, if you want to see your children happy, then train them to obey. Teach them to obey while they are young, or else they will be protesting against God all their lives, thinking they are independent of His control. We are to train our children to be discerning and not blindly obey. This will take a lot of patience, wisdom and agonising in prayer for we ourselves are not perfect. I came across an interesting quote, “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” God, our Heavenly Father is also using them to teach us.

Next to obedience is the habit of faith. As parents, we have to train them to believe in what we instruct them from God’s word. Unbelief made Eve eat the forbidden fruit when she doubted God’s word, “thou shalt surely die.” Unbelief kept Israel in the wilderness for forty years. Our training of our child would be in vain if we do not train them to have implicit faith. Believing faith in obedience to God will serve to guide a child when he grows up for we were warned that we are living in perilous times during the last days (2 Tim 3:1-5).

Speaking the truth is far less common than we think. There is much falsehood and deceit is in the world – half-truths, exaggerations, untruths, and blatant lies. The devil is the father of them and he deceived Eve by a bold lie. Christians know that they are to speak the truth. The challenge is when we are placed in situations where speaking the truth may hurt ourselves and others. Train our children to be truthful in whatever circumstances. Impress upon them that anything less than the truth is a lie.

Maintain an awareness of over indulgence and setting an example

The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Children inherited this from Adam and we are told that “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child.” (Prov 22:15a). It is natural for parents to be tender and affectionate towards our own children. Sometimes this blinds us to their faults and weaknesses. Punishment and correction are difficult things to do and nothing is more unpleasant than giving pain to our children whom we love. Yet God’s word says that “the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Prov 22:15b). It is clear that the Bible requires parents to discipline our children (Prov 3:12, Heb 12:6).

Instructions and training will mean nothing unless they are supported by authenticity in our lives. This is a real challenge as they see our ways and note our conduct.

Train with continual prayer

Our best effort will come to nothing without the blessing of the Lord. We will wear ourselves out unless God touches the hearts of our children. Matt 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” The Lord loves to be petitioned for our children. Therefore, approach this sacred work with unceasing prayer.

An old pastor, who was already in his mid-50s, once shared with me his family reunion dinner. His father had reached out to dish his son some delicacies. He said, “Father, I am already more than 50; I can take care of myself”, to which the patriarch replied, “I am your father and you will always be my son”.  We will always be parents to our children. May The Lord help us as we train up our children in the way he should go.

This article is written after reading a sermon on training up a child in the way he should go, by J.C. Ryle who lived more than a century ago.  The message (http://www.gracegems.org/SERMONS/The Duties of Parents.htm) is still as relevant today for God’s word is quick and powerful (Heb 4:12).

by Eld. Yap Chee Kian

Announcements (02 Oct 2016)

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Oct 022016
 

J.O.Y. Sunday: All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am today.

Adults Sunday School: Quieting a Noisy Soul Lesson 18 by Dr Jim Berg @Fellowship Hall 11.30am. All are welcome. Facilitator: Eld. Sim. All are Welcome!

Catechumens please proceed to the kindergarten office @11.30am for the Catechism Class with Pastor Gan.

Children’s Sunday (9 Oct) – All children are invited to join this special program.

In-Conversation (29 Oct, 10-11.30am) – Pastor will share the Church’s Vision/Mission Statement and involve your participation in working out its implications. All New Lifers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Lay-Leaders’ Training (29 Oct, 12.30-2.30pm) – A Study & Reflection on Biblical Servant Leadership and Every-Member Ministry. All are welcome!

Philippines Mission Trip (5-14 Dec 2016). If you are interested to join this Mission trip, please register with Sister Li Ping. Closing date: 30 Oct.

02 Oct 2016 – New Heart, New Spirit and New Song

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Oct 022016
 

New Heart, New Spirit and New Song  – Psalm 96

Sermon by Ps. Douglas Bachorik at NLBPC on 11 Sep 2016

Introduction

“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.”  Ps 96:1

Psalm 96:1 opens with a wonderful command from God. It is not optional for believers to sing to the Lord. It is a natural response of a believer to sing praise to God. Of course, there are times when we don’t feel like it because of fatigue, distractions, or unconfessed sin, but we have a responsibility and privilege to sing. God wants us to and He deserves it.

Definition of the New Song

“”O sing unto the Lord a new song …”” The word “new” is used in different ways in the Scripture.  Firstly, we think of new in terms of chronology or time.  New refers to something that is recently made eg. new furniture, new car etc. The idea of newly composed lyrics and music are a part of the meaning. We are encouraged, and even commanded to create new songs for use in worship.  Secondly, we think of new in terms of quality. Examples: new creatures (2 Cor 5:17) and new person (Eph 4:24). If you have been a  believer 10 years or longer, are you still a new creature? Of course you are. The emphasis on being new in those passages has to do with what you become (quality) more than when you become it (time/date of salvation)! It implies better or superior in quality. Ezek 36:26 — the new heart is superior to the stony heart, not merely by virtue of its date of creation, but because of its innate quality.

The Hebrew word for “new” in Ezek 36 and Ps 96 is chadash. This word encompasses not only the idea of chronological newness, but superior, “like new” quality. The command to sing new songs to the Lord includes the emphasis that what we sing to the Lord is of superior quality, regardless of the date of composition.

Everything about the believer’s life should be new, fresh and superior, including the music we use to worship our God.  Music should not be used to encourage or indulge the old sinful nature. It must be different from music developed for the worship of false gods.

Reason for a New Song

Why can’t we just use the music that appealed to the old man to worship God? Why be different from the world with regards to music? Psalm 96 affirms that our God is superior to any other god, therefore, the music we use to worship Him should be better.

Ps 150 uses two names of God to remind us of His attributes, firstly “God or Elohim” means the  “Mighty One” is a word that denotes a supreme, powerful spiritual being. We see His power in Gen 1:1.  Secondly “LORD or Jehovah or Yahweh” is a name that denotes a personal relationship. Jehovah was the name that God used in connection with his people Israel, showing Himself as their promise keeping God.

When we compare Jehovah to the false gods that were being worshipped all around the ancient Israel we see that they were not only limited in power, but also largely uninterested in having a personal relationship with their followers. These false gods did all of the wicked things that people do — lying, cheating, murdering, stealing etc.   One of these gods, Molech, was so wicked he was worshipped with human sacrifice. Try to imagine what kind of music would accompany human sacrifice? Can you conceive of God’s people using that music to worship Jehovah?

Exo 32 records the account of “the worship of the golden calf.” What was the first evidence of Israel’s idolatry — it was music (see verse 17).  Joshua heard the sound of worship and thought it sounded like a battle. Moses, the composer, heard it as celebration and worship.  They did not recognize this worship music. It was different. When Israel’s god changed, their music also changed.

Effect of the New Song

The music we use to worship our God reflects what we think about Him.

What was the name of the golden calf? Aaron called it “the LORD“. When the people were dancing and singing around the idol, they were saying Hal-le-lu-Jah! Hal-le-lu-El!  using the same words that opened Ps 150:1 “Praise the LORD (Jehovah), praise God (Elohim)…”” They had the right name, but the wrong god. We come dangerously close to the same situation when we take music created for self-worship or some false god, and use it to worship Jesus Christ. Worship music reveals what we believe about the god we worship. It is possible for us to have the right name, but we come very close to having the wrong god. Beware!

 Conclusion

When we sing a new song, we are declaring our God to the world around us. “”All the gods of the nations are idols.” (v5) ” .. “but the LORD made the heavens.“” When we sing a new song to the Lord, we are making a statement to those who hear:  Our God is real! Our God is better than false gods! Jesus Christ is superior to sinful man!”

The issue of worship music has very little to do with what we like or don’t like, contemporary against traditional, cultural versus universal communication. Fundamentally, the music we choose to worship God will either confirm and reinforce an accurate picture of who He is, or it will make Him look like something He is not. The first priority is therefore to make sure our worship music accurately and effectively communicates something of the nature of our God and what the Lord Jesus Christ is like, or else we are in danger of proclaiming a false Gospel.