Music is a hot button for the church. The constant battle of gospel/ inspirational music vs. secular music. So I took the liberty of doing what I’ve grown accustom to doing when I’m not sure which way to go; I whipped out my bible! So here we go…
David and the army commanders then appointed men from the families of Asaph, Hemen and Jeduthun to PROCLAIM GOD’S MESSAGE to the ACCOMPANIMENT of lyres, harps, and cymbals. (1 Chronicles 25:1)
The purpose of music is to PROCLAIM GOD’S MESSAGE. Music is to glorify and worship God. The whole point is for God. He is the one that even gave man the talent to play instruments as well.
His brother’s name was Jubal, the first of all who played the harp and flute. (Genesis 4:21)
Music is very powerful. It can communicate between realms; between the physical and the spiritual. Remember Saul?
Some of Saul’s servants said to him, ” A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you, Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again.” 23- And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away. (1 Samuel 16:15-16, 23)
What many people fail to realize is that ALL music comes from a spirit. The only reason David was able to help Saul was because he was anointed by God. It was the spirit of God upon David that cause the tormenting spirit to go away. We all know that no evil can stand in the presence of God. This fact still holds true in today’s music. Don’t believe me? How do you feel after listening to an old school MJB ( Mary J. Blige album)? How do you feel after listening to 90’s R&B? How do you feel after listening to trap music? Heavy metal? And then, how do you feel after listening to Gospel music? What thoughts run through your mind after listening to a type of music for an hour or imagine doing this experiment for a week.
Music has the ability to make you feel sad, happy, peaceful or Turnt up. Music unites and divides. Now that is powerful right?! That is why it is so important to be very cautious about the music that you listen to. Now we are all guilty of doing this but if you are sad, that is NOT the time to listen to all the sappy sad songs. LOL. You know you’ve done it too. It really makes no sense. It just pulls you deeper into a depression about your situation. I use to be an R&B fanatic. 90’s music is my era! #I<3the90s But as I’ve come to the knowledge of God, I’ve gained the ability to truly see who and what tries to control me. One of the first things I noticed, was that music really affected me. I would listen to Tank or Chris Brown and find myself lusting or have a bunch of sexual thoughts. I would turn the station to T.I or 50 cent and feel anger and hatred. One person I seriously had to tune out completely was Rihanna. For me personally, I would physically sense a dark spirit over me when I would listen to her music. So I had to stop. COLD TURKEY!
I am a musical person, in the sense that I sing. So it was very difficult for me to let go of all the popular fun music. I thought God wanted me to just shrivel up. I mean, when I thought of gospel music I thought of old hymns and spirituals from the 1800s. Just sad depressing stuff. But I was surprised to find the vast types of gospel music. Now here comes the tricky part! There is a difference between gospel music and inspirational music. Gospel music focuses on the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is music that is literally taken from the Word of God or relate to the Word of God. For example, a gospel song would be Todd Dulaney’s The Anthem song. The lyrics are literally scriptures. Inspirational Music is not sinful but it’s focus is simply on positivity. For example, take Tim Bowman’s song I’m Good. While the lyrics are not scripture they are uplifting because of God.
I know it is super duper hard to turn away from secular music. But as in all things, the deeper you get into God the easier it becomes to leave things that don’t align with him. I will tell you, one saving grace for me is that gospel music is not always your grandmama’s songs. Some of my fave artist are ( get ready for a long list..lol) Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs, Bri Babineaux, Todd Dulaney, Casey J, Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Travis Greene. My “turn up king” Tye Tribbett. For my R&B moods- Jonathan McReynolds. My alternative mood- Hillsong Young & Free, Mercy Me, Kari Jobe, and Elevation Worship. You see what I realized, is that everything I was leaving behind in the world, I found the best version in God. Score!! lol.
I really hope this helps someone get a better grasp of the true identity of music. If you want to ready more about music in the Word. Check out some of these verses.
– 1 Chronicles 25:6
– Joshua 6:4-20
– Psalm 150
– Daniel 3:5-10 ( this another point of music- that is to allow one to ponder and meditate on the subject)
Love Ya to Peace,