Most of us will agree that the single most important quality we could hope for in a Christian song is the power of the Holy Spirit on it.

We don’t want our songs just to make people feel good; we want to see people converted, comforted, helped, strengthened and led into the presence of God.

If we’re going to suggest that the church, with its rich heritage of great music, should use our songs in its holy mission, we had better make sure ours are equally as empowered as those we would have them replace.

What is it then that invokes this presence, this power, on a mere song? It’s the anointing of the Holy Spirit. But how do we get this anointing on our music? Let’s look at what the Scriptures say:

Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things” (Matthew 12:34).

We are what we have become; our treasure is what we have treasured. What we “bring forth” in our writing can only be what is inside us, what we’ve put there.

By “good things” we don’t mean only “religious things.” Few of us devote all our time to prayer, meditation and devotional reading.

But the Apostle Paul tells us what things to think on—things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy; think on these things, he says.

Every good and perfect gift comes from God. He gives us “richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17).

There are many good things for us to fill our treasuries with that aren’t specifically religious things. However, most of us probably spend far too little time in the treasury of the Word of God itself.

Paul wrote, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16).

Richness in our message and music comes from what we have put into the mixing bowl of our minds and characters.

A mind of depth and breadth will produce a richer article than that of a shallow soul. A beautiful and serene spirit will bring forth beauty and serenity. A soul hotly in touch with God will serve as a conduit for the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus told His disciples that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, would bring to their remembrance all the things He had said to them. If snatches of scripture containing guidance and insight flash into our minds at appropriate times, it’s because we’ve planted them there for the Holy Spirit to bring to our remembrance when we need them.

He will also “bring forth” the things of God as inspiration for the songs we’re to write. We are not just to write nice Christian sentiments; we’re to let Him speak through us in our songs.

Surely this is what the Apostle meant about yielding our bodies a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1); our minds, our talents, our hands are yielded to Him for His purposes. This is the way to the anointing.

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