THE SPIRITUAL MESSAGE IN MUSIC

When David brought the ark to Jerusalem after recapturing it at the defeat of the Philistines, he had it set up in a tent; great was the rejoicing, for to the Hebrews the ark was a symbol of the presence of God among them. We read (I Chron. 15:16), "David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy." Thus was the ministry of music established by the Hebrews in their worship of God.

The highest use of music is unquestionably in the service of God. Those who hold positions in Christian Science churches as musicians, whether as soloist, organist, or pianist, share a precious responsibility in bringing out the spiritual message in church services.

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