Praise the Lord!
by Pastor Mick Weltin
God is good! It is a blessing to announce we’ve hired a new Music Director at Inverness, Miss Seulki Yoo! (Pronounced Silky U, and she goes by Susie). Susie is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She moved to Baltimore 3 years ago to attend Johns Hopkins University and she is entering their PhD program for Piano Performance at the Peabody School of Music in the Fall. Susie is able to play all styles of music and she is working with our Choir/Musicians to develop a full praise band and team step by step. Maybe you’ll be part of the team? Susie’s family is still in South Korea so please make her feel welcome as a new member of the Inverness family!
Our search led us to have 16 candidates apply. We narrowed down the resumes with calls and had 6 initial interviews. We then invited some of them back for a time to play for the Choir and Elders. A special thanks to Russ Tenhoff for his service as our Interim Director, he also helped in our interview process of new candidates. Three of the candidates were narrowed down to play before the congregation. 2 came before the congregation and one withdrew for a full time position. After playing for the congregation the Choir gave their input, the Elders decided and Susie agreed to serve! Praise the Lord on how it all came together!
Psalm 150 reveals:
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150 sets the Biblical pattern for congregational singing. We praise God together in His sanctuary along with the those praising Him in His mighty heavens! All of us who have breath are to praise Him. We praise God for His mighty deeds and His excellent greatness. We’re to sing God focused songs that praise God for who He is and what He’s done! Worship is to take the focus off ourselves and put it on God who is worthy. Below is a balance of songs we seek to sing:
1) Songs that highlight God’s Greatness, His Holiness, His Majesty, His Power, His Awe, the
Trinity and more
2) Songs that highlight God’s Presence, His Goodness, His Love, His Grace, His Mercy, His
Faithfulness and more
3) Songs that highlight Christ and His Saving Work, Jesus is fully God and fully Man, Jesus is
sinless, Jesus died for us on the cross, Jesus is our redeemer, Jesus rose again, Jesus is exalted
above all and more
4) Songs of response, songs that call us to action and obedience, songs that confess sin and the
joy of being redeemed, songs that are prayers to bless, give thanks, trust, guide and more
“Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psalm 150:2
Psalm 150 also gives the Biblical call to use instruments in praising God. Genesis 4:21-22 reveals the musical instruments being developed by Cain’s descendants for their own ungodly musical interests. In Psalm 150 God takes the instruments and redeems them to praise Him!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Trumpets (Brass), lute, harp, strings (Strings), Pipe (Woodwinds), tambourine, cymbals (Percussion), dance (Body), and breath (Voice) are all called upon to praise the Lord! Psalm 33:3 reveals to “play skillfully on the strings.” It’s important to develop, practice and become skilled in leading music for worship. It is our focus to balance the best hymns, best gospel songs and best contemporary songs, “one generation shall praise your works to another” (Psalm 145:4). It is also important for us to all sing along to the best of our ability, “make a joyful noise to the Lord” (Psalm 100:1) and “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!”
Remember, God is the primary audience of worship music. We are there to give Him the glory. The songs also encourage and build us up in the faith as we sing and make melody encouraging one another (Ephesians 5:19). God is good! Be praying for our Praise Team as they develop and work together in leading us all to praise the Lord each week!