Music: Master or Minister?

Music is much more powerful than many folks realize. It influences us at a level that often bypasses our critical faculties. If it stirs emotions then it must be good. Sometimes it is and sometimes it is anything but. Martial music can be moving, soft music can be restful, some music excites joy, etc. On the other hand, dictators have used music to generate loyalty to their reigns. Satan, who used to be the master musician of Heaven, has found music to be one of his best tools. In our world, he seems to have given us music that was nice, amusing, soothing, even uplifting (at times). As time has gone on, he has gradually inserted some wrong thoughts, generated some evil passions, etc. Now, he has advanced to so called music, where the beat masks the suggestive lyrics. These lyrics can be immoral, discouraging, even motivating people to engage in sinful behavior, use drugs, commit suicide, escape reality, etc. As one wisely said: “If it stirs the body but doesn’t change the heart for the better, it’s wrong.” Godly music, with Biblically sound lyrics can be a huge blessing: (I hope to give some thoughts on that tomorrow, God willing). The bottom line is that music can master us for sinful ends or can minister to us, building us up Spiritually. We have to decide how we will relate to music. Will we be mastered or will music minister to us? In Colossians 316, Paul gave inspired exhortation to them and to us: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Elton M. Roth’s “In My Heart There Rings a Melody, gives musical expression to the experience of a child of God. (I’ve taken some liberty with the chorus). “I love the Christ Who died on Calv’ry, for He took my sins away; He put within my heart a melody, and I know it’s there to stay.” In my heart there rings a melody, for Jesus died for me and rose again for me; now He lives to intercede for me. He’s coming back again someday.” (Source unknown). Selah! We will control our music or it will take over more and more in our lives. Ron

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