Whenever I hear the Mississippi Mass Choir sing “Your Grace and Mercy,” I am lifted in praise to God for the many ways and times He has come to my rescue. Good choirs help us appreciate God, His worthiness and activity in and for us. Long ago, King David recognized the value of music in both the individual and corporate life of his people. So he organized musical groups with instruments and voices. He captured much of it in the Psalms. We read this in 2 Chronicles chapter 5, “The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: ‘He is good! His faithful love endures forever!’” Choirs lead us in worship, to affirm God’s presence and his unlimited attributes of eternality, power, love, faithfulness, knowledge, and wisdom—all pointing to His majesty and His right to receive worship, honor, and obedience. In every age, God deserves honor and worship for all He is and has done for the entire human race.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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