Life would be dull without music. I was listening to Ruth’s CD, Times Like This, and I started thinking about the importance of music in a Christian’s life. Paul writes, “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.” Ephesians 5: 15-20 Paul encourages us to walk as wise people making appropriate and good choices. He next tells us to take the time and energy to learn the will of God and stop wasting our time on foolish things. We are to be filled with the Spirit and turn away from destroying our life through excesses.
Finally, he tells us to sing our hearts out praising God through the joy of music. When we open our hearts to God and pour our souls out in adoration through music, I believe we draw very close to God. It becomes easier to give thanks to Him for everything when the words and melody of a beautiful song are casting light into the deepest recesses of our being. I find that when I’m feeling down and I play Christian music or let the vocal chords unwind, something changes for the better.
In Psalm 22:3 the author records these amazing words, “Yet thou art holy! Enthroned upon the praises of Israel!” Is it possible that somehow the songs, the praises and hymns ascend to Heaven and envelope the throne of God? In Revelation John tells us, “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, ‘Holy, holy. holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Revelation 4:8 Without getting into to the symbolism of the living creatures, we can’t miss that they are continually singing praises to God. Praise music and hymns shouldn’t be ignored for a Christian because they are one of the ways God has given us to worship and rejoice in His majesty. When we sing, we lift God up, and as a result we are encouraged and strengthened.
Revivals in the church have been accompanied with a deluge of new music and songs. Why is that? Maybe it is because as people find a renewed interest in spirituality, their hearts overflow with such joy that they must sing out to God. John Wesley preached England into a revival but Charles Wesley, through his hymns, won the hearts of the people. For millions of Christians their joy is found in the great hymns inspired by the Holy Spirit throughout the ages. For other Christians, their joy is found in their Christian CD collection and concerts. Regardless of how we find our music, it needs to touch us in order to draw us closer to God. Once again Paul stresses the importance of music, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3: 16 For all those years I drifted away from God I never listened to a single Christian song. If I was surfing across the radio and I stumbled onto a Christian music station I would turn the dial as fast as possible. Now that God has gently nudged me back on my journey, I don’t seem to be able to get enough Christian music. No matter what kind of Christian music you like, find peace and happiness in it. Let it speak to you about the love of God and you will live a fuller life.