Spiritual songs move God to action, says cleric
The Archbishop of Archdiocese of Lagos, the Most Revd. Isaac Ayo Olawuyi, who doubles as the Bishop of Diocese of Lagos, Methodist Church of Nigeria has called on Christians to appreciate the role of music in the church, adding that spiritual songs play vital role in worship.
The Archbishop, who spoke during the 95th Choir Festival of the Wesley Cathedral Choir, Olowogbowo, Lagos with the theme: “O come, let us sing unto the Lord,” told the congregation that God is moved, “when we sing with meaning, giving Him glory and adoration. Hence, it is said that God inhabits the praises of His people.”
He described spiritually composed songs as veritable weapons against enemies generally, noting that one of the gifts that singled King David out in the Bible was his right attitude of praising God, which enabled him win every battle. There was also King Jehoshaphat, who praised God and God’s hand came down. He was able to defeat the enemies of Israel without soldiers fighting with swords or spears.
He said: “There is power in spiritual songs. Paul and Silas sang praises unto God in the prison and the bands of prisoners were loosed and doors of the prison opened by themselves. Unfortunately, there are many songs today being rendered during worship that are not scripturally or theologically-based, and therefore, do not give glory to God.
“I believe those in charge of songs in the Church should be trained like the pastors, such that they would be able to sing and move God. The position of songs in the Church is very prominent and God would always be moved by spiritual songs.”