The first reference in the Bible about music is in Genesis 4:21, “His brother’s name was Jubal, the first of all who play the harp and flute.” Other early references can be found in Exodus 15, where it referred to Moses singing a song of deliverance to the Lord. At that time Aaron’s sister Miriam Exodus 15:20 “Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced” . Both the Old and The New Testament encourage music and strongly support its use for worship purposes. The compositions of songs and hymns in the Old Testament shows the importance and the value God places on creative musical expression. Although there are a lot of passages and verses in the Bible that talk about music, I will single out some facts that I personally like.
Music flows out from a thankful heart
I remember, when I used to write songs for churches and choirs, how easily the words just flowed whenever I was writing about giving thanks to God. The fact is that there are so many things to be grateful for that there will never be enough songs and poems that can cover it all. This may be a plausible explanation as to why the Bible urges us to always give thanks to God. As Psalm 33:2 says, “Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.”
I also love Psalm 32:7. Although a lot of commentaries overlook this specific verse, I think it was very important for David to express himself this way because he wasn’t just a powerful tool in God’s hand and a faithful servant, but also a musician. He put his faith in God and trusted that He would renew his mind and inspire him with new songs: “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Music has a calming effect
A lot of people today use music for theraputic purpose… [5 Amazing Benefits Of Music Therapy] It is certainly not a new science, although many people would question the spiritual vs the scientific use of it; let’s not get into that now. 1 Samuel 16 describes David as a very talented young musician. He was recommended to Saul by one of his servants both for his amazing musical talent and his godly traits. I assume that David was well known for his gift, and it probably was in his habit to use it to help people dealing with either emotional distress or demons possession. 1 Samuel 16:23 tells us, “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” . This gives us an idea about how important and powerful music can be. I believe that if people who consecrated themselves to God and the music ministry recognize the value of their gifts and talents and allow God to use them, He would certain do as many amazing things as He did before.
Music is an insult to God when hypocrisy is in the heart
Many people are gifted with musical talent. I have come across extraordinary musicians. Some of them are dedicated church musicians, while others just choose a different path. Many of them can make art from trash, manipulate, and trick your ears. However, just because someone is a very good musician doesn’t mean that their performances bring glory to God. Amos 5: 23 couldn’t say it better: “Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps.” It is no doubt that God wants us to serve Him with honesty and a truthful heart. It’s clear that He doesn’t tolerate any form of hypocrisy. In this context, I’m singling out those with musical gifts without neither a heart for God’s work, any sense of ministry nor devotion.
It doesn’t matter what appearances or whatever superficial characteristics someone may have, if what that person is doing doesn’t come from the heart, it’s just an insult to God.
Music is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. When you put the knowledge, the understanding and mix those with the Love of God and ministry I believe that has the power to change the world and more importantly people’s lives. Because not only you will have a poweful message to deliver you will do it with love.