The music department is generally made up of emotional, opinionated, and even quirky people.
I know, because I am one!
That being said, it can seem like a difficult task to try and get everyone on the same page. You know… in one mind and one accord!
Probably the most memorable example of unity is on the day of Pentecost. The group waiting on the promise had dwindled down to 120.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Hopefully our goal as we sing and lead others in worship is that the Holy Ghost will fall!
God’s Spirit fell when those who were waiting were in one place and in one accord.
It would appear as though their unity was an important factor in this instance.
Another story from the Bible comes to mind, this time relating directly to when people sang and played their instruments.
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord;
and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;
So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14
What an amazing experience that must have been!
Now, I don’t recommend that we make it our goal to keep the Word from being preached in our services, but to have the glory of God fill the sanctuary in such a powerful way when we begin to sing and worship…Wow!
I definitely want to experience that!
It’s important to note that the singers and musicians were as one, making one sound as they gave praise and thanks to God.
I know we are never going to get everyone to have the same opinions and like the same songs, but that doesn’t have to affect the unity of the group.
There are a lot of songs that I don’t care for, but when I am praise singing, playing the keyboard, or leading worship I sing them with all my might and worship God!
I don’t want my attitude or dislike of a song to hinder the move of God or be apparent to those in the congregation that God is trying to minister to.
We should also pay close attention to how we are treating other praise singers or musicians. Our spirits and attitudes toward one another need to be right and represent God.
Not only are we commanded to love one another, but each of us are a part of the body of Christ. If we disrespect and treat others in an unchristian manner, we are doing so to the body of Christ!
If we want to see the glory of God manifested in a powerful way when we sing and worship Him, each praise singer and musician should be on the same page.
We need to have one purpose, one voice, and one message of worship and thanksgiving!
Unity is important and each team member should strive to put aside differences and attitudes and pride so that God can move and do what He wants to do!
Is unity an important aspect of the music department?
It’s important and it’s good!
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!