In heaven there will be little, if any, preaching. We won’t need admonitions or reproof because we’ll all know the Lord and how to please Him. On the other hand, if I understand the book of Revelation correctly, there will be a lot of singing and praise. I think that music is something God enjoys. It’s a valid and pleasant form of expressing our faith and love for Him.

Let me say that throughout Scripture, music is mentioned far more often than preaching as an element of worship. The primary manner of presenting God’s Word in the Temple was through Levitical singing rather than preaching. The major ingredient of Old Testament worship was the chanting and singing of Psalms. Now, as then, music frees the emotions of the worshiper and lifts the spirit toward God. A colorful felt banner in a church that I attended artistically quoted St. Augustine: "To Sing Is To Pray Twice."

Yet the contemporary evangelical church assigns much greater significance to spoken rhetoric than to sacred music. Regrettably, many see religious music only as sanctified entertainment, or as a means of getting the congregation in the mood to listen to the preacher. The truth of the matter is that music often will carry the message as well, or better, than spoken rhetoric. I know this from personal experience. God used Christmas carols to make my wife think of questions that He wanted to answer for her life.

Furthermore, God can use music to teach His children divine truths. First, music makes the message more captivating. It reaches out for the attention. Then the melody, if properly done, imparts, underlines and emphasizes the meaning of the song. Music works the message into the consciousness and, with rhythm, fastens itself to the memory. Stop and think: If you have been a believer for more than a short time, you have probably memorized portions of Scripture. But in order to recall those verses with precision, you must keep reviewing them. On the other hand, if someone begins to sing a hymn or spiritual song, you can usually recall the words easily. Without your conscious effort to learn them, that music has worked its message into your mind.

If you still don’t believe that music makes the message more memorable, consider this: Why does modern advertising contain so many catchy jingles? If the wise of this world can employ music for earthly gain, why shouldn’t God’s people make use of this beautiful gift for spiritual gain?