I love music. I love to listen to it and I love to dance to it. It’s my thing! But one day things began to change (and they are still changing) with regards to my love for music. One day, I decided to seriously pray about being in a serious committed relationship with the Holy Spirit. (So far we are progressing 🙂 ) I had just began to understand the wonder/blessing of having Him in my life and I thought if we are going to be in this together, I best learn more about what pleases Him, what His idea of “good” is for me etc. As I started seeing and understanding things differently, so did music begin to change; music began to have a deeper meaning. Here’s what I’m learning.
Songs have this unusual power to evoke diverse thoughts, emotions and actions in us. Some songs make you happy and some make you sad. Some songs make you feel sensual and some bring back unpleasant memories – heartbreak, death of a loved one, regret etc. Some songs celebrate others, some inspire and so on and so forth. Therefore we must carefully approach the subject of music by asking ourselves some salient questions.
I’ve narrowed them down to two;
1. What effect does this song have on me?
2. What’s the primary message of this song?
Something for you and me to think about in our private moments.
In these days where “beats” and rhythm matter significantly more than lyrics, it’s more difficult to tell or even care about what an artiste is saying. But music is music, and still has the power to influence through words (and words are powerful – e.g. by words the earth as we know it was formed – Gen. 1: 1 – end).
If a song subtly “glorifies” adultery or cheating (e.g. married but in love with someone else etc) the more we listen to it, chances are we will begin to believe and accept that it’s ok to not be committed in a relationship. If a song portrays women as objects for sexual gratification outside the confines of marriage, chances are that would become the “accepted” reality – which by God’s standards is not the truth. And there’s the deeper angle to consider – the “spirit” behind a song.
Whether acknowledged or not, people mirror their beliefs in things they do. If a singer believes in the thrills of violence related activities (rape, drugs, robbery, gangs etc), for example, chances are this will be reflected whether subtly or point blankly in his music. If a musician believes in the supremacy of anarchy or lawlessness, same will be reflected.
So what does this mean for me as a child of God? The bible says to guard your heart with all diligence. I owe it to myself to know “what” and “who” I allow into my subconscious and my spirit when it comes to music.
- “What’s the song about?” ;
- “What’s the message in the song?”;
- “What effect does the song have on me?” ;
- “Do I feel moody, happy, angry, full of regret or thankful.”;
- “Who sang the song?” etc.
Truth is we may not get to know much but at least we can know a little…and sometimes a little is good enough.
And, we should be open to the nudging/guidance of the Holy Spirit. He knows everything (Isaiah. 11:2). He knows which songs affects us and how they affect us. We should trust that when we have the nudging to tune off on a song, He actually means well for us and we should TUNE OFF!
On a final note, to each his own. God gets us at different stages of our lives. I believe no one has a right to out rightly judge or condemn anyone (James.4:10-12). Jesus says to come as we are. I find that often times those who are quick to judge the mistakes or external struggles of others e.g. like listening to ALL types of secular music, are the ones with major internal issues to tackle, like anger, envy, unforgiveness , impure thoughts etc. Let God deal with each of us in His own way, at His time. (Mark.11: 28-30)
All God wants is our willingness to listen and obey Him! Let’s determine today to comply. His intentions towards us are always for good and in our best interest. He loves us that much to keep us secure – even when it comes to music.
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