From the Prairies and Grasslands of the Dakotas
God's Own Pure Music
in the 1611 King James Bible
Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
I Chronicles 16:11
Music has become the "latest" and I figure possibly the 'last' issue in the churches that pastors have to deal with; and unfortunately from what I have seen, most pastors are not even willing or able to even deal with the problems music has brought into their church.
The Music 'Issue' Today
The Bible Believers have been really "getting into their music" these last few years. We have:
- 'talented orchestras' now
- music specials that truly are magnificent performances
- pianists that tickle the ivories as good as Liberace and in many places, in the same style
- Christian families traveling around the country playing their family music in a performance mode in place of congregational singing
- great CD's that people play everywhere they travel.
We don't have famous preachers today, we have famous musicians - excuse me, 'artists,' I mean.
Suddenly, we are having very same thing is happening now within our very own Bible Believing Churches throughout America. Even the 'best of the best' preachers" - the "old men of God" (I Kings 13) are steering the young preachers with a lie when it comes to music in their church. These young preachers will be devoured by the roaring lion (this lion roars with a Hammite beat) that walketh about, (shouting, hollering & knee slapping to the beat of the music) seeking whom he may devour: I Peter 5:8.
If only the young men out there would consider Elihu's own wisdom as he listens with respect to the older men who have 'been through it'. However, most of the 'old men of God' are not right in this issue of music! But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion. Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say. Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words: Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man. Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches. They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking. Job 32:8-15
What is Good music and what is God's music?
Is there a difference?
God's Words are pure, wouldn't you think His music should be pure, as well? Well, most folks today don't think His words are pure, so why would His music have to be?
BUT WE KNOW DIFFERENTLY!
Psalm 119:140 - Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Psalm 12:6 -The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Proverbs 30:5 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Psalm 28:7 - The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
God says that He gives us a new song, not a new music!
Psalm 149:1 - Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
And that new song can actually lead someone towards their salvation? Yup - see Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
God gives us a new SONG, not a new music!
So, what is this new SONG?
THE KJV 1611 BIBLE! There, I said it. Now, prove it, right?
We know that music works us - we know it is a language; it is a universal language. No matter what our nationality or race be, we all respond to music and it doesn't even matter whether or not we are aware of what is going on in and with that music. David was cunning on his harp for a reason. He could make things happen with his music! I Samuel 16:23
You are aware that almost everything the Holy Spirit does, music can do it as well - except be the sword when it comes to salvation! Music is the 'spirit' of America and I will say it again - Music will mimic everything the Holy Spirit can do - EXCEPT - cut away our soul from the flesh. Galatians 2:11-16, Hebrews 4:12,13
Quoting G. Riplinger: The Bible is a grammatical wonder, and within the grammatical structure likes some amazing ways the words and letters are used. Only God could create a book like this, and there is not one modern version that even comes close to any of these things.
God uses the following within the KJB:
Alliteration (i.e. fowls were filled with their flesh - Rev 19:21; collar of my coat - Job 30:18)
a ppear / a nnoint
c ouncil / c lothed
tr i ed / f i re
w r etched / r ich / r aiment
I council thee
to buy of me
thou mayest be
thou mayest see
longe "i", long "o", long "a"
The KJV takes full advantage of the stress-times rhythms (isochronous) of the English language.
Stressed syllables often occur at mathematically predictable intervals.
may' est be'
na' ked ness'
(these even have that musical 'pickup' included)
I coun' cil thee'
to buy' of me'
thou may' est be'
thou may' est see'
There is a similiar beat pattern that matches our heart pattern as one reads through the King James Bible!
Remember this - the people who teach the Mozart Effect say that music played at approx. 60 beats per minute matches the heart and gives the kids comfort, calmness, better scores, etc.
(so dn't you suppse that the opposite affect is true regarding off beat music, eh!)
Alliteration and rhyme are used theologically to tie words and concepts together.
tried in the fire
shame of they nakedness
eye salve, that thou mayest see
The new versions destroy these linguistic things.
One of the key linguistic tools is phonaesthesia, or sound symbolism of individual letters. Each individual letter and its corresponding sound contributes to the emotional effect a word has. Advertisers are aware of this element. If the impression of a harsh, strong product is desired, it could be called "Tide" or "Clorox." A soft, light, and gentle product might be named "Oil of Olay" or "Almay".
Powerful and sharp words (i.e. invectives) are created using letters which are called 'plosives.' When the letters 'p', 'b,' 't, 'k,' and 'g' are pronounced, the air pressure which has been built up in the mouth, is released explosively.
There IS music that fits Philippians 4:8 - and the only music that fits that description existed in the late baroque and early classical era of Japheth. God said He would 'enlarge' the works of Japheth - and Japheth is the bunch that came up with music that was considered Absolute Music - and God was given the praise for it with Handel, Bach, etc.
But good ole Beethoven, the great master that he was, started to take music and give it to mankind and to his gods. Singing Ode to Joy has NOTHING to do with God! Joy is a goddess that he is worshipping. Read the entire Ode to Joy - the God of Creation is not in there at all!
Shem and Ham music needs no discussion at this time. Shem is spiritual but has grown to be New Age. Ham's music is nothing but emphasis on rhythm and flesh - and we all know the flesh profiteth nothing. God is not interested in THE BEAT. By the way, that is what bluegrass and southern stuff consists of - beat! That ole banjo is getting far more popularity in our churches than it should - it ought to get NONE!
Consider the King James Bible being the way to sing unto God, etc.
Look up all those verses on praising God, singing unto God, mediating, etc.
and you will see that...
The King James Bible is God's Pure Music
I believe this will add some new flavor to our music discussions. The bible has all the elements and rhythms that music has - all in it's proper balance and purity!
With that thought in your mind - consider these verses in regards to the KJV being the music!
Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:18,19 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
I Corinthians 14:7,8 - And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
I Thessalonians 2:13 - For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
Proverbs 25:20 - As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
Psalm 42:8 - Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
Psalm 89:15 - Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
Psalm 32:7 - Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psalm 100:2 - Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psalm 40:3 - And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Psalm 57:9 - I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
Psalm 18:49 - Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Psalm 51:14 - Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
Psalm 149:1 - Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Music has replaced the Bible in America!
Music is replacing the Bible in KJB churches!
Is music replacing your Bible?
Stay with God's Perfect and Pure Music...
The King James Bible
When you read your Bible, you are singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord - your reading is music to God's ears!
P.S. Here are some Scriptural examples that have 'musical' value to them as they show us how the KJB has those elements of literary value match the elements of music within the very text of the KJB.
Look up these references and speak them out loud - see if you see the music in these:
Psalm 46:10; Proverbs 3:7; Isaiah 11:2; 24:16; 60:5, 17; 61:1-3; 62:10; Jeremiah 1:18, 19; 6:22; 33:3, 13; Lamentations 3 (hath & "eth" in ); 7,8; 4:7; John 4:26; Acts 7:40; I Thessalonians 2:17; Philippians 2:19; 4:4; II Timothy 2:20; 3:1-5; Revelation 2:7, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 18, 20, 22; 4:11; 5:6 "s", 12, 13.
Those are just a few examples that are noticeable. You will recognize more and more as you read more and more!