Worship of Heaven: Worship Song Download from Heaven
The First Songs Ever
Job 38:1-7 "The the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said: ... 'Where were you when I
laid the earth's foundation? ... On what were its footings set, or who laid its
cornerstone - while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?'"
This passage of Scripture gives us an amazing, but small, glimpse of God's process of creating
planet earth. The stars - which may refer to angels (but not necessarily) - sang. Again, this
was before Adam and Eve were created. This proves a very important point which every musician should fully come to grips with: at one time the only use for "music" was for God's own
Good Vibrations - or - Glory Encounters
So that's how music got its start. It wasn't invented by anyone on
planet earth. Has God expanded His use for "music" so as to include
the many non-Christ-centric uses of it that we have today? What
percentage of today's music do you think He would approve of? Remember,
Scripture warns that the "results" of each person's life will be
called to account one day, and only that which made a positive difference for
Christ will pass His testing process:
I Corinthians 3:10-15 "... I laid a foundation ... each one should be careful how he builds ...
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw ...
It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what
he build survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss ..."
That, alone, should be enough motivation for every believer to focus his or her
"gifts" toward the promoting of God's kingdom above
all else. So, for those who've got skills in music, the "action plan"
should be obvious: use those skills for Jesus!
Is it OK to use those skills for "worldly" pursuits as well?
Well, do you think Jesus wants you to split your devotion between Him and the world?
Yes or no?
Please don't dismiss this too quickly.
Why not do all that we do in accordance with His
not just His "permissive will"? Jesus, Himself warns us:
Matthew 7:21 " 'Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord" will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.'"
Think about Jesus' words there, and then consider how
God's purpose for music has effectively been stolen
from Him and degraded to the level mere entertainment and good feelings.
That's a huge "fall from grace" from its start before the days of Creation.
Heaven's Song List
OK, then, that being said, it's reasonable to presume that heaven's "repertoire" of songs
is, for all intents, infinite in length. Are they all Praise and Worship songs?
Not sure on that one, but each song recorded in the book of Revelation could be considered a type of
Worship song. So, one must conclude that there are a lot of Praise and Worship songs in
Now consider this excerpt from the Lord's Prayer:
Matthew 6:10 " 'Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'"
Do you think it's God's will that His people worship Him? Of course. Do you imagine that the worship of
God on earth is anything remotely as great as the worship of God in heaven? Doubtful!
So what's one to do
about rectifying that discrepancy?
Well, you won't get too far by trying to force people to worship God. But
at least you can try to serve up the best possible worship songs so as to empower the congregation to worship
with all they've got. And where are you going to come up with those songs? May we suggest that the best possible
source location would be heaven itself?
He's Downloaded a Lot so Far
Think of it like this:
When God wanted to speak to His people in the days before Christ, He had His prophets
to speak through (Hebrews 1:1).
When He commissioned Moses and others to write the Old Testament, He
could use the Old Testament (written) "Logos" to speak to them.
During the life of Jesus Christ, God spoke to us through Him,
His Son. (Hebrews 1:2).
When the words of Jesus and His apostles were compiled, God then had the New Testament (written)
Logos so as to communicate with us through it (II Timothy 3:16).
Since the day of Pentecost, God has added
prophecy and interpretation of tongues (as given by even everyday-believers)
to the mix as an additional means to speak to His people (1 Corinthians 14:26-32, 14:1-5).
He's Still Got More to Say
But now, through Praise and Worship songs, God has provided a way for His people
to speak back to Him. It may not be as unscripted as prayer, but it certainly has an important place in the
realm of communication with God.
Thus, it is vital that the songwriter be in touch with God so he/she can
write songs that come from God. Now, writing songs like this is possible because of the Holy Spirit's involvement
in the process. He knows all things.
This is how the Scriptures were originally written and why they're reliable:
2 Peter 1:20-21
"Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the
prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the
will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy
Since Jesus Christ hasn't changed one bit, ever, He can "carry you along,"
too, and speak
through your Songs.
The Kingdom is Coming
Now, here's the point of all this: it could be argued that since God
will establish His kingdom
on earth as it is in heaven, and since He's shown that He really wants to
communicate with mankind, it's reasonable to assert that He might be very happy to
"download" some (or all) of the worship songs of heaven to earth, so that His
children on earth could worship Him like His children in heaven do.
Now, if you can buy into that assertion, the big question is: "How do I get
in on those downloads?" To answer that
think about what God must consider before downloading one of heaven's songs to someone on earth.
To Whom Shall We Download this Song?
Suppose God were to download a song to a typical western-world Songwriter of today ... what do you think
that Songwriter would do with it? Well, here's a guess as to what would follow
next. The Songwriter would probably:
- Write it down.
- Arrange it.
- Copyright it.
- Possibly sign it over to a Publisher, who would immediately "lock down" the "use" of it.
- With the help of that Publisher: Record it, Produce it, Distribute it, Market it, and Sell it.
- Possibly go on tour with it, selling the new CD's on the side.
- Collect the "Writers' Share" of the Royalties from its sale and various
- Ride the wave of Fame and Admiration, assuming that it really took off.
- Take in media interviews (now that the Author is "known") to talk about
- Hopefully repeat the whole process.
So that's what God might have to look forward to from a large percentage of the western-world's Singer/Songwriters
of this era.
Now, does that seem to you to be compatible with God's plan to bring His kingdom to earth? Do you think God would go
The Lawyers Are Back ... again.
In the above scenario, as the song comes under the control of the US Copyright Law (or the corresponding
Copyright Law from another country), it effectively becomes "captured" by man's Legal System. From that point
onward, it can no longer be freely "used."
Instead, all "Users" must yield to the control -- and bondage -- which
at that time would then be the legal "right" of the Song's Copyright Owner.
It is imperative to understand that the principle of "Copyright" is
not found anywhere in Scripture. The US Constitution (published in 1787)
introduced the idea of Copyright (about 1 sentence long) but it didn't make much difference in practice.
However, in 1910, when businessmen and their lawyers lobbied the US Congress, the Congress created
what we now call the Copyright Law. Congress has since added to this law again and again, so that
today it's huge, intimidating and confusing.
When the Copyright Laws are applied to "God's property" (in this case: Worship Songs
from heaven), the control which these Laws assert is arguably
a direct violation of Scripture. They effectively "steal" God's property,
transferring it from the free use of His children - the body of Christ - to some business-oriented individual(s)
and/or their companies and lawyers.
Imagine if King David had somehow "locked down" the dissemination and use of the
Psalms when he wrote them: think of how wrong that would have been. The Psalms
are a classic example of true "downloads from heaven". Thank God they have never been "locked down"
Yet today, many Songwriters have become convinced that it is only reasonable for them to "lock down and control"
the Songs which have their name on them.
A Framework of Purity
Matthew 10:8 " '... Freely you have received, freely give.'"
Certainly, God knows whom He can trust with His property -- in this case: His
Praise and Worship songs. For those who might follow
a process similar to that outlined in the bullet-list above, if that person were to "come up with a new song"
... they should remember that God knows who they
are and where their motivations lay. Having the right heart-motivation for writing Worship songs is
imperative, and it will surely be rewarded by the Author of heaven's songs.
In fact, this one area is the single-most-important motivation for Worship of Heaven's existence: it is
an attempt to establish a "framework of purity" as an alternative to the self-protecting,
give-me-my-rights, keep-your-hands-off-of-my-stuff kind of attitude fostered by the Copyright Law.
The Legal Framework of Worship of Heaven -- though not perfect by any means --
is an attempt to ensure that the Praise and Worship Songs associated with
Worship of Heaven will be used so as to spread God's glory to the maximum
possible extent. This is why the Legal Framework allows the free distribution,
copying, storing, retrieving, transmitting and use of the Songs -- all of which
are expressly forbidden by almost every popular Praise and Worship Artist and Publisher of today.
Due to the "open-ended" nature of "freely giving"
of one's precious Songs in accordance with Worship of Heaven's Legal Framework, it's reasonable to presume
that those who would accept such an agreement would be those who are not consumed with furthering their own
"ministries", but with furthering God's agenda, above all.
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
Those who are truly motivated by God's motivations are those who
are pure in heart.
Let this ministry go down on record as stating that those who are pure in heart
would hardly murmur at the thought of sacrificing a few of their own "rights" if
it could result in greater benefit to God.
With that understanding, Worship of Heaven has been designed from the ground-up
in an attempt to expand God's glory and renown through Praise and Worship
music, in a way which is quite contrary to the ways of the "Music Industry" as
most of us know it. True, there's a price to pay
by those who participate in this style of ministry - but it's a small price
compared to the joy of pleasing the Lord of Glory.
With all that said, let us conclude by saying that it's this ministry's belief
that he or she who would embrace a vision such as Worship of Heaven's will be
positioning himself or herself to be a possible "candidate of choice" if the Members of the Trinity were to ask One-Another:
"To whom on earth shall We download this Song?"