The Christian and Music

None of us can deny the power and influence of music. There has been a point in everyone’s life where a song changed the mood. For some of us there are songs that can lift us up no matter how bad we feel. One “bitter pill” we have to take as Christians is that we are called out of the world and hence can’t live by their standards. The word of God is our standard in everything. We therefore have to check if everything we do is in line with it and this includes the kind of music we sing and listen to.

There are many songs in the Bible and most of them were based on how the composers saw God  (mostly after a miracle). Let’s take a look at a few:

Exodus 15- when God delivered the Israelites and sent them through the red sea they sang a song of praise to Him. So we are to sing songs of praise and worship unto our maker.

1 Sam. 16:23- when David drove out an evil spirit sent by God. The songs we sing can bring deliverance.

2 Kings 3:15-16- when Prophet Elisha heard God and prophesied  after the harpist played. Music ushers us into His presence.

2 Chr. 20:21-23 – when the Israelites won a battle just by singing. Miracles happen through music.

Most of the scriptures in the New Testament concerning music say the same thing- admonishing us to sing psalms,hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16).

Most of us can testify that there was this church service where you just didn’t feel like participating but when that song was raised, you didn’t know what happened, you just found yourself loving the Lord in worship. So if spiritual songs can usher you into God’s presence even when you don’t want then what can secular music do to you? Music affects the environment and the kind of music can make you more prone to falling when tempted.

Job 35:10- “…where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night?” It is clear from this text that God is a source of music. Many Gospel musicians will tell you they received songs after some prayers or period of waiting before God. God is not the only source of music; it could be from the spirit of man or even evil spirits.

So as Christians we always need to surround ourselves with things that will draw us closer to God and the kind of music we sing and listen to plays a major role in our walk with Christ. Endeavour to listen to and sing Spirit-filled songs. God bless you even as you share.