The emotion of music

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” –Leo Tolstoy

Music expresses and stirs the emotion. That is why the Lord wants verbal music in his worship, because that is the only music which has the capacity to instruct.

Music with instruments lacks that capacity and can only stir the emotional man. It puts the emotional before the mental (the old cart before the horse) and thus represents a hazard of and danger to Christianity. It appeals to the carnal, not to the spiritual. That is probably why you see so many so-called Christian artists whose lives are a sham.

Emotion is necessary and important to Christian faith, but not sufficient to sustain it. First, comes the understanding (the train’s engine); then the emotion (the caboose). Never a caboose pulled the train. They say that, today, trains do not have nor need a caboose, and we are not proposing cutting off emotion from faith. But it has no power of itself to carry faith forward, but will, if given its head, be its demise. And the use of the instrument (or even the vocal, as opposed to verbal music) in spiritual worship will quickly kill the church which uses it, in terms of growth in the Spirit and its usefulness to God.

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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3.16 NET

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