When examining the true meaning of worship and how it pleases the Lord, we believe God led us to the book of Amos 5.  Here is a taste of the wisdom the Lord imparted to us regarding songs we sing "to Him" or "about Him". 

Although His Name may be in it, it is totally possible that the LORD [HIMSELF] MAY NOT BE ! ! ! !


Amos 5:4, 21-23

4 For thus says the Lord

to the house of Israel,

“Seek Me  that you may live.”

21“I hate, I reject your festivals,

Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.”

22 “Even though you offer up to Me

burnt offerings and your grain offerings,

I will not accept them;

And I will not even look at

the peace offerings of your fatlings.”

23 “Take away from Me the NOISE of your songs;

I will not even listen to the sound of your harps”.


delight -  [ literal meaning:  like to smell ]


The Lord was rejecting the very festivals, solemn assemblies and offerings which He had commanded the House of Israel to give to Him.  He rejected them because they were performed with a corrupt heart. The Lord was detested by it because of Israel’s hypocrisy which was evident in their actions. One indication of this is while they were in the wilderness, the Israelites simultaneously offered up worship to other gods, making their praise of Him an insult.  We may judge them and wonder how they could have done that.  And yet, we sometimes are in open rebellion against Him in certain areas of our lives.  We make the same error by combining our worship of Him outwardly while inwardly worshiping our own false gods; for example money, people, self, or anything that competes with putting Him first.  God is the same yesterday, today and forever and cannot be deceived.  As He detested their offerings and refers to it as NOISE, He also rejects the offerings we lift up to Him if our hearts and motives are wicked and corrupt. We should recognize that not everything that appears to lift Him up and please Him really does.  Even in a feel-good, “spirit-filled” environment, we may think that because we have goose bumps, that He does too.  Yet the worship may mean nothing to Him if our actions outside of that environment are contradictory to who He created us to be.  Our obedience and self-sacrifice or our sanctification is what is pleasing to Him.  He desires to see us grow.  We must practice what we profess.  After all, our actions are the evidence of what we really believe.  Think about it, if there is a person in your life that claims to love you, they can write the most beautiful love song exclaiming their undying, self-sacrificing love for you and how they have changed because of you.  They may speak of being enraptured in your beauty, in who you are, in what you mean to them, and how you are the best thing that ever happened to them.  They may express out loud with beautiful words how great you are, they may even buy you things to show their appreciation of you. Outwardly, it would appear that they truly love you, but in reality, the love they profess, if unmatched in their actions, will reflect the true depth of their love.  This same person may act indifferent, and even at times treat you the total opposite of what they proclaim verbally.  Then when you hear the words of that song, or poem again, I’m sure it would become nothing more than noise and even detestable to you because of the hypocrisy of their actions toward you or lack thereof.  Likewise, words are nothing and praise and worship is not pleasing to the Lord unless the love you proclaim to have for Him is acted out.  They are just pretty words or music that uplifts you on a temporal emotional level, but not life altering or lasting.



Music is a very powerful medium. It has the power to move, motivate, change, captivate, and even to provoke us to good works.  On the other hand, it is also a powerful weapon in the hands of the enemy.  This can be seen in the popular music of today, much of which glorifies the artist, or a sinful lifestyle, or other wrong priorities. Some of what is seducing people today is all out blasphemous.  In Daniel 3:7, it says that “…at the sound of music all people, nations and men of every language fell down and worshipped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.” Verses 5-15 repeat this idea of how music can be used to sway the masses.  Or music can prepare our heart to be in communion with Him as it did in 1 Ch 6:32. “They ministered with music before the Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting until Solomon built the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem.”  At both Temples, the Levites sang psalms to prepare the people’ hearts before they came to present their offerings.  We are even encouraged to give the Lord due praise in song.  Ps 147:7 says, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God...” And Paul said in Ephesians 5:19, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,…”.



The Lord doesn’t want just a ritualistic, ceremonial form of worship.  And worship through music should be much more than an emotional experience.  It should be something that brings you into close communion with the Maker.  The goose bumps you feel when you hear a song should do more than just temporarily move you to want to do better.  The feeling shouldn’t be fleeting and gone soon after you turn it off.  Many of us may even have been to Christian concerts where the artist was showcased and lifted up, above the Lord Himself.  But only when the Lord and not the instruments, vocals or band, is lifted up, then His Spirit is in it.  True worship from the Lord is when the anointing of the Holy Spirit is in it. The worship the Lord desires is sincere praise from your spirit to His.  He desires music that doesn’t glorify man and that goes beyond even edifying the Church.  He takes pleasure in worship that truly magnifies HIM.  Worship is after all, man’s calling.  Even the angels in heaven, continuously sing His praises. Worship is more than songs and praise, something you do at church or when you gather at a concert or home, it means LIVING for Him.  Our appreciation of God is evident by our actions.  This is the heart of a worshiper.



We take our ministry of music seriously and are accountable to the Lord not only for the message and the content, but also for our motives. We consider it a calling and a privilege to draw others into a closer relationship with The Creator.  It is our desire to use our gifts to magnify His Holy Name.  We acknowledge the huge responsibility in leading others in worship.  Our lyrics are written so that only HE and not man, nor anything else is exalted. We feel His leading and choose not to be lukewarm in our lyrics, and so in every song, the Name of the Lord will be lifted up. We are unashamedly ambassadors for Him. May there be no ambiguity in regards to what we believe.  May our offerings be a “sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing” to the nostrils of God.  The G-d of Israel.



Judges 5:3 "Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to* the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to* the LORD, the God of Israel”.




















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