Mentored by Music

Music has always been an important part of my life. In the early years of my Christian walk, during the mid 80s to early 90s, Christian worship music had a significant spiritual impact on me. Through Christian radio, I was introduced to Petra, Keith Green, Rich Mullins, Michael W. Smith, Audio Adrenaline, 2nd Chapter of Acts and DC Talk. I had not grown up in the church, so was familiar with only the more well-known hymns that just about everyone knew. The style of Christian music offered by popular contemporary artists at that time was very appealing to one like me who enjoyed listening to 70s rock.

You could say that I was mentored by the lyrics to “Awesome God,” “The Battle Belongs to the Lord,” “The Easter Song,” and “You are the One.” Through those songs and others like them, sermons were preached and the word of God began to be imbedded into my heart through lyrics which were often taken directly from the Scriptures. Some of the most meaningful worship experiences that I’ve ever had occurred while listening to or singing Christian worship songs.

Special friends and I at a recent Casting Crowns / Zach Williams concert

Since those early Christian years of my life, I’ve come to enjoy and appreciate a wider spectrum of spiritual music, from Gregorian chants to gospel to Christian rap to more contemporary styles of worship music. David Wesley’s beautifully arranged and wonderfully performed “Evolution of Worship Music” video, beginning with “Be Thou My Vision” from 560 and ending with “Do It Again” from 2017 is an 8 minute a cappella medley with samples of worship music from the past 1500 years. It is a great example of the styles of Christian music from the earliest known to the contemporary music of today. “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

Evolution of Worship Music, David Wesley:

Hope nugget: Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! [Psalm 150: 1-6]


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