Worship and Art – How They Relate to Each Other

As you may know, the subject of worship goes beyond just a performance or an artistic expression. It goes beyond just something I’m feeling in a moment of inspiration. Somehow worship and art have always been walking together in the journey of the artist. They walk together simply because I believe that God designed them to be that way.


 Art as communication

Any kind of art is a form of communication, and as so, it is used to express forms of devotion, love, passion, and any kind of subject in which emotions are involved.

Art communicates in a much deeper way than words. Just think of how you feel when you listen to a particular song. Look at what a particular painting stirs up, or how something beautiful can stimulate memory, emotions, value and so on.

 worship-and-art Art reaches the heart of God and of men by communicating in a way that gives the audience a space for interpretation. It doesn’t tell the whole story. Therefore, it engages much more than just words by allowing the congregation to be a part of what is being said, binding their hearts together.

 To use a musical term, the message can be sent or received in unison. The hearts can beat at the same tempo and the assembly as one can engage with the Beloved One, whether it is through music or through some other form of art. Just think of when a congregation sings a song all together — the lyrics, the music, the emotions, are all “in agreement” and at the same time (in unison) are sending a message to their Beloved.


 A message sent as a form of art stays longer

Many times we see in the scripture God telling His people to remember, to not forget!

 How easy is it to remember a melody or an image? How much easier is it to remember something that we can connect our hearts to, and to a specific feeling?Worship-and-art

 A form of art is something that remains in time. As an Italian, I can testify to this every time I go out of my home and there is literally art in every town and city. It stays for generations, reminding those who come in the future of what God did in the past.


 Why not art?

If everything is meant to worship God; if all creation is meant to worship God — the mountains, the seas, the trees, the animals and even the stones. Then why shouldn’t we worship God through art and beauty?Worship-and-art

As Jesus said, “if the disciples were silent, the stones would cry out”. (Luke 19:40)

So if the stones themselves worship God, how much more could we express through our worship, using the arts and the talents God gave us. I believe that if God’s creation had the ability to express itself artistically it would create amazing art. Creation, in itself, is God’s piece of art, and we are the grand finale!!!

 God delights Himself in His creation and I strongly believe that He delights in seeing us being creative — creating beauty and telling stories, especially if they talk about Him and our relationships.

 We see creativity from the beginning to the end. In the Garden, God asked Adam to participate in the creation by naming the animals (Genesis 2:18). It is God’s desire to partner and share things with us (Psalm 8:4-5).

 God has always engaged with us in creating, so why not engage with Him in the artistic process of creating art. Why not art? Why remove such things as art from our moments of devotion, expression, and communication?

 We need to tell the story!


 Art is a prophetic tool

God uses art as a form of communication not only with His people but with all humanity.

 Art speaks about the beauty and the glory of God in a creative way.

 Some biblical examples of this include:

  • In the Old Testament, artists were chosen to construct the tabernacle and the temple. They were gifted by God to have the talents and the manual capacity to achieve such an important calling. (Exodus 35:30-35)
  • In the tent of David, musicians were appointed to sing hymns and play music inspired by God. (1Chronicles 25:1)
  • In the early church, Paul instructed the communities to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16)
  • The book of Revelation talks about the harp and bowl, referred to as the prayers and the songs of the saints. (Revelation 5:8)

 The art forms of the tabernacle and of the temple were prophetic symbols reflecting the heavenly things. Art is prophetic because it speaks to the heart of men and it connects the spirits. It’s a beautiful tool that God has blessed humanity with, enabling people to have a universal language that speaks right to their hearts.

 I believe God is also touched by our worship and art, just like a father or a lover would be. I believe God loves to see how His kids express love using creative forms of language.

Click here to read about creative and different ways to lead worship.

 Worship and art cannot be separated

When I say that worship and art cannot be separated I’m referring to the fact that as artists we must reflect God’s glory through our art. That does not mean all our art is worship, but, if we are able to be connected and inspired by the One who is the inspiration, then our pieces of art will reflect the Glory of God who is inspiring us.

 If we consider worship as a response to God, then art is the perfect tool to express our devotion and our love. Art is the language of the heart and everybody is sensitive to it.

 As Christians, we are all called to show and reflect the nature, the character, and the love of our God. What a perfect way to express this love —through creativity and beauty!

I hope you have enjoyed this article. Please leave a comment or any questions below.

God bless.

Andy


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Author: Andy

I'm Andrea Gatti (Andy). I love the arts, especially music. My dream is to see my home country of Italy and all the nations blossom in their unique identity, each one expressing its specific character for the glory of God.

10 thoughts on “Worship and Art – How They Relate to Each Other

  1. Hello!

    I couldn’t agree more! The items don’t always have to be mutually exclusive and they shouldn’t be! We should be connecting the two.

    And this doesn’t only apply to professional artists! I am someone who just enjoys to paint or do crafts for fun and I could apply this myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great article! I so agree with you.

    My pastor’s wife is an artist and her work is worship. I have one of her paintings of scripture (John 16:33) and it warms my heart and encourages me every time I look at it.

  3. Hi,

    Art and religion are practically inseparable. Though many people don’t like this, it’s a fact. They go hand in hand ever since the beginning of mankind. I remember reading an essay by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa where he talks about this topic in detail.

    In my case, even though I’m not Catholic, I always love visiting churches when I travel. I love contemplating the art, the symbols, the meaning, everything. I try to decipher what message the artist wanted to convey.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s true not everybody understands the power of communicating through art. Also we need to understand that all creativity is part of humanity. I really appreciate your comment. God bless

  4. There are some magnificent art pieces as a result of stories and scenes described within the Bible and in biblical times, this article shines a light on the important link between the 2. I can appreciate art and the ties it has with different religions, I think it’s important to keep an open mind when enjoying artworks from different eras. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

    1. Thanks, Will,
      Yes, art has always been a tool for communicating deeper things, and it will always be.
      Wish you the best in all that you do.
      God bless
      Andy

  5. I think God’s creation is a great example of how intricately linked artistic expression and worship are. If God took the time to masterfully create the world and everything in it so that it was not only useful but also beautiful, how on earth could we separate these two things. Great article.

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