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The Moral Gravitation (Or, The Descent of Music)

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1 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."

Moral Gravitation

The Moral Gravitation (Or, The Descent of Music)

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2015 Richard St.James

10. The Top Step

Now at the top step, we have the God of the Bible commanding the believer in Jesus Christ to uphold the highest music in the songs of the whole universe.

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” [Ephesians 5:19]

The King James Bible of 1611 is a self-defining BOOK.  The Law of the First Mention of a word provides us the means to determine the meaning of the word.   The means is by the context of the passage. The context determines the meaning of the first instance of a word [or its variants] in the BIBLE.

The words “song”, “sang”, and “sing” first show up in the book of Exodus, chapter fifteen, verses one and two:  “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.  The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.” [Exodus 15:1-2]

The context of this passage of Scripture where these words are first found is where the people of Israel [man] are rendering thanks and praise for their salvation to God, with uplifted voices.   Israel uttered with musical modulations of the voice, in unison, a poem or ballad to the GOD of Heaven to extol His greatness.

Therefore, this was the first recorded song sung by man upward to God on planet Earth.  It was from man to God, and not for man himself [mankind].  

Therefore the first song was spiritual and not for the benefit of the self [or the flesh]. 

It was the modulation of men’s voices to the worship of God.

· The word: song appears 44 times in the King James Bible

· The word: sing appears 102 times in the King James Bibl

· The word: sing appears 11 times in the King James Bible

It will behoove us to see the importance of these words: sing, sang, song.

The “hymns” are songs in praise of God.  To sing a hymn is to sing to God.

A Psalm is a hymn, and in the singular the word appears 156 times, while the plural form: Psalms appears nine times in the King James Bible.

Consider the psalms! 

Can ever a man or a woman or a child aim any higher?

Then shoot for it!

Psalm 150:5: “Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.”

Psalm 33:2: “Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.”

Psalm 92:3: “Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.”

Psalm 144:9: “I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.”

 Psalm 95:2: “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

Psalm 105:2: “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.”

Psalm 105:3: “Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.”

The psalm of thankfulness rendered to God brings praise to God.

“Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.” [1 Chronicles 16:7]

God is sick of the songs of those who say they are for praise to God. Amos 5:23: “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.”

Now a top-step song, hymn, or psalm always has as its goal to extol the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty of God.  [1 Chronicles 29:10-13]

The words of such a song, Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned [by Samuel Stennett, 1727-1795], brings us to the top step.

This top-step music communicates a message with the words towards God, where the melody is dominant over the harmony and the rhythm.  The march rhythm is God’s rhythm.


1. To Christ, the Lord, let ev’ry tongue

Its noblest tribute bring:

When he’s the subject of the song,

Who can refuse to sing!

Who can refuse to sing!

2. Survey the beauties of his face,

And on his glories dwell;

Think of the wonders of his grace,

And all his triumphs tell,

And all his triumphs tell.

3. Majestic sweetness sits enthroned

Upon his awful brow;

His head with radiant glories crowned,

His lips with grace o’erflow,

His lips with grace o’erflow.

4. No mortal can with him compare,

Among the sons of men:

Fairer he is than all the fair

That fill the heav’nly train,

That fill the heav’nly train.

5. He saw me plunged in deep distress,

He flew to my relief;

For me he bore the shameful cross,

And carried all my grief,

And carried all my grief.

6. [His hand a thousand blessings pours

Upon my guilty head;

His presence gilds my darkest hours,

And guards my sleeping bed,

And guards my sleeping bed.

7. To him I owe my life, and breath,

And all the joys I have:

He makes me triumph over death,

And saves me from the grave,

And saves me from the grave.]

8. To heav’n, the place of his abode,

He brings my weary feet;

Shows me the glories of my God,

And makes my joys complete,

And makes my joys complete.

9. Since from his bounty I receive

Such proofs of love divine,

Had I a thousand hearts to give,

Lord, they should all be thine!

Lord, they should all be thine!

I will summarize this way: 

The “lying spirit” is in opposition to one who is “born of the Spirit” [who sings the song of the Spirit]. 

It is the entrance of the “lying spirit” [the pied piper, who is Satan], with his music box, whose inventions are amalgamated into the music, that produces the “uncertain sound” with all its attendant moral gravitation by a slow descent to “the pit.”

God’s word [THE BIBLE] reveals, that God [and all mankind] along with all the musical instruments, have voices that have signification for the purpose of an expected communicationin the directing of messages … one to another. 

The flow of the messages is to be … expected, and in a natural order.

Top-step in-step music communicates a message with the words towards God, where the melody is dominant over both the harmony and the rhythm.

And lastly, the in-step [the march] rhythm is Heaven’s rhythm.

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” [1 Corinthians 14:33]  Amen!

Majestic Sweetness

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