For the records, being fast or slow paced does not qualify or disqualify any songs for worship services in the church or at any gatherings – associated with the church and the works of Christian ministry.
It, also, does not pass for spirituality of any songs, as the pace of songs (in any church) could be dictated by the social-cultural nuances of the congregation, the host community of the church, and the style of church’s leadership (particularly).
So, it would be useless to say that certain churches do not have the Holy Spirit in their midst because their worship and praise songs are rock and pop like. Of truth, it is a fallacy, but many people make statements (regarding this issue) like, ‘I once attended one church, like that, if you see the way their choir was singing as if it was a worldly party. Do you know the surprising thing there is that their Pastor is sound: he preached as if the whole anointing of the world was upon him, and he cannot correct the choir. Ah, God!’.
What should count are songs motivated by the Holy Ghost
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-20, KJV.
Even, the Bible suggests melodious singing as a way of showing gratitude to God’s goodness in our lives. In other words, there should be no dullness: rather, we should be happy and make joyful noises to God.
What should count, however, must be that ‘every time the church have to sing, the choir leads by the Holy Spirit’. That will make people to be blessed and God would demonstrate His power – all through the meeting, on that day.
Effects of quality, spirit filled music ministry in the church
When we peruse the development between Saul and David, we will know that quality and spirit filled music have the tendency to make the mightiness of God – fill every soul (at the time the music is going on).
Generally, worship is all encompassing – our existence, day-to-day activities, services to God among others must worship God.
However, when we talk about ‘worship’ as in the rendition of songs – during a worship service, at that hour of singing melodiously, God does what He (alone) can do – in the congregation.
Madness was in the heart of Saul, but every time that David plucked the music instrument – the evil spirit would depart from Saul and sanity would return to him, “Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.” So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.” Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul. David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.” Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him”. 1 Samuel 16:14-23, NIV.
On several occasions, God would command the nation of Israel, during spiritual reawakening (when they return to God, after going a whoring with the nations around them) – to ordain the Levites and commit them to several services again, one of which includes, leading the people with several musical instrument) in worshiping God.
“These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the Lord after the ark came to rest there. They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.” 1 Chronicles 6:31, NIV.
You can read the passage, above, further – for clarity.
The lives of those leading the church in songs also count ‘a great deal’
When you check through Numbers chapter 8, you will see how God brought the children of Levi into service. By that process, sanctification must characterise the life of anyone that would be in the choir of the church.
Of course, all members of the choir must be born again (a certain quality that none of them must skip); their personal lives must, however, reveal sanctification for a good spiritual atmosphere of the church.
That will help them (individually) to place a check on themselves and nip in the bud, some behaviours that could defile them, and the church of God (in totality).
Just like the ministers of the gospel, choristers are ministers too: they are susceptible to fleshly manifestation (like the devil did) unless they take personal care of their spiritual life.
Their personal spiritual growth, notwithstanding, the church leadership must take interest in nurturing them in the Lord with multiple trainings, seminars and prayer meetings.