by K Quinn
What is a church musician? After being in this position for several years I have come
to my own conclusions as to what this title means and is all about. First let me say
that I think a lot of church musicians make the mistake of using this as a means satisfy
their own needs. A need to be up front, to perform, to show off their musical talent etc.
But being a Christian is all about sacrificing self. This does not have to be a negative
thing and in fact can be quite rewarding.
Let's look at some scripture about this. In the Bible we are commanded to "Sing unto him
a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise." Psalm 33:3 KJV. In first Samuel we see what
a musician can do for a man tormented. "Let our lord now command thy servants, which are
before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass,
when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt
be well." 1 Samuel 16:16, KJV. You see as a musician, a church musician, a Christian musician,
your job is to minister. And in order to be able to minister effectively your heart needs to be
in the right place. Not on "Man wait until people hear these far out chords I've been jamming on!"
but more like, "Praise the Lord. He is worthy. Lord I worship You." I don't know about you but I
would rather hear, "Thank you sister, that song really ministered to my hurting heart this morning
(evening, afternoon)." Than about how cool I sounded up there on the piano with that new chord
progression. I'm not saying I don't use chord progressions but I'm saying keep the playing in
Try playing as unto the Lord sometime. Not for the Lord like you have yet another adoring audience
but as a means of worship. In the same way you lift your hands and offer praise, lift your fingers
and offer the praise across the piano, guitar strings, or whatever musical instrument you play.
Okay so a church musician, in my words, is a servant of the Lord who offers praise through the musical
instrument sometimes in accompaniment to the people. You (we) are actually not indispensable and the
people can still praise and worship the Lord without you. Sometimes, or many times if you are seeking
guidance to your playing, the Lord can and will use you to minister unto some of His flock.
Praise the Lord!
About the Author
K Quinn has been playing the piano for 10+ years. She picked up the guitar 5 years ago and both
for her church. Visit her website at
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