“But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;” (Job 35:10 KJV).
Spirituals were known as some of the most powerful songs sung by those who were slaves in the 19th century United States. The songs they sung as they worked through the heat and horrible beatings were to remember that there was a God above who would free them like he had Israel. They recognized God and gave Him reverence through the hardest moments of their lives.
In the Scriptures, we find that God obviously created music, and everything He created was basically for His worship and glory. God had made Lucifer specifically for two big reasons one being to be the leader of music through worship. “…the workmanship of thy tabrets (timbrel/tambourine) and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” (Ezekiel 28:13 KJV) God had made instruments specifically for Lucifer for the day he was made.
I feel that God made it pretty clear that he enjoyed to be worshiped through music if he created it, and there are so many more examples in the Bible of reverence when David would write a Psalm to God confessing how great God is. “Bless the LORD, o my soul…thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” (Psalm 104:1 KJV) As I’d mentioned earlier, spirituals were sung to show that God was glorious and very much in control, as even David, so many years earlier recognized for himself when Saul was after his life, “Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that are against me.” (Psalm 59:1 KJV)
Before David, even Israel with Moses were worshiping God, “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD…” (Exodus 15:1 KJV). We all know, as musicians, that music is so expressive that we can bring our emotions to it. From Israel to today, we may use music to express our love to God, our reverence, tell of His mercy, and overall glorify Him which is why He made us. God made everything perfect, and music was just a beautiful thing He shared with us to give back to Him because after all He’s done for us, He deserves no less.
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” (Ephesians 5:19)