Amos 6:5 (KJV)
That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
I suppose things never change and never have. Gill writes of this verse, “…not content with old ones, such as were used in former times, they invented new instruments and new tunes, and new songs to sing to them; as David made songs and invented several instruments of music to sing them upon and to, in religious worship, and for the praise and glory of God; so these men invented new ones to indulge their carnal mirth and jollity, in which they thought themselves to be justified by the example of David.”
This condemnation came upon the people of the Northern kingdom. They believed they had the right to invent their own instruments and compose their own songs. They even went so far as to use David as the justification. “If David could, why can’t we?”
I am in no position to argue why one’s music is better than another’s. I can point out that a David has a heart after God and these people had hearts of rebellion. They claimed a love for the Lord, but their actions said otherwise.
That’s where I am with new music. Those who compose the newer kinds of music, and whose testimony is one of rebellion against the former things, have, in my opinion, disqualified themselves as creators of Godly music.
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