Can you picture God covering His ears because He hates what He hears? According to the Bible, there is a certain type of music God hates. But what is it?
It has to be rock & roll, right? After all, it is the devil’s music. Nope. Is it country or bluegrass? No, not them either. How about rap, hip-hop or jazz? Uh uh. Maybe it’s classical, pop, heavy metal, soul R & B, reggae or the blues? Wrong again; it’s none of those. You see, God doesn't hate a particular genre.
Maybe it’s a certain song, like:”The Lion Sleeps Tonight” or “Who Let the Dogs Out?” But God does not hate a particular song.
Maybe God hates the sound of a specific instrument. After all, man has invented some instruments that can be very irritating. Bagpipes, for instance, always strike me as dissonant and out of tune. I finally figured out why bagpipe players walk around when they play. They're trying to get away from the noise! The Bible mentions many musical instruments (lyre, harp, flute, horn, trumpet, tambourine and cymbals), yet it doesn’t seem to give any indication which ones (if any) God prefers or detests. But again, God does not seem to hate a specific instrument.
The music God hates has nothing to do with its genre, melody or instrumentation. In fact, it has nothing to do with music at all. The type of music God hates is music (designed to glorify Him) that flows from a hypocritical heart. That's one thing He cannot stand!
There was a time when the nation of Israel was corrupt with injustice. The wealthy took advantage of the poor; the court system ran rampant with extortion and bribery. God wasn't pleased with them, as we can clearly see in Amos 5:
“I hate all your show and pretense—the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.” (Amos 5:21-24)
Because their hearts weren’t right, He rejected their worship, calling it “noisy hymns of praise.” As a worship pastor, it naturally causes me to ponder this question: "Could God feel the same way about our worship?"
If we turn our backs on God all week and then go through the motions on Sunday morning, we may as well stay home. If we pray with false motives or sing from hypocritical hearts, we may as well save our breath. God will not be mocked. He knows our heart, from which either “noisy hymns” or genuine worship flows. So let’s make sure our worship is real and our hearts are true.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)