New International Version (NIV) – speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, – Ephesians 5:19
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O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Music for the believer ought to bring you to a closer realization of who God is and who you are in Him. It is more than the fierce, groovy beats or the ability of the crooner to coax you to move your body. Music is one very potent device that easily slips through all gates of reason and latches on to our minds.
MAKE MUSIC FROM YOUR HEART. The awful truth is the kind of Music you listen to is a reflection of who you are. David was a psalmist and he penned some of the world’s finest lyrics. From Psalm 23 where the Lord is our shepherd to Psalm 91 where we hide in the secret place of the Most High we are constantly reminded with music of God’s beauty and might.
Music gives you room to consider your life and your place in the scheme of things. It goes beyond the parties and clubs.
When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur and see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
As we walk through life we have those songs we can easily fall back on in times of sadness. We all have our playlists – songs that are with us in all kinds of weather but are these songs giving glory to God? When the birds sing sweetly, their melody is directed at God’s glory. The whole of nature resonates with the worshipper’s anthem – God is great, God is good.
No one is asking you to delete your songs. Just consider the message in every song you listen to…YES! Consider the message. We need to take time and scrutinize what we listen to. Music is food for the soul. Just as you are careful not to consume certain foods, you must be careful not to consume certain kinds of music.
And when I think of God, His Son not sparing; sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin. When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart?
There are songs where the artist displays great musical dexterity. We have the musicians whose vocal ability is almost godlike, yet they lack the substance of truth. This piece seeks to present you with truth and leave you with questions. Questions that you will ponder on as you journey through the musical boulevard of life.
I love Rock, there was once a time in my life when I could not go a day without listening to Nickelback or Linkin Park. I even remember in SS3, my mates and I sang “Numb Encore” in the exam hall after finishing a WAEC paper. But now I’d rather listen to Hillsong or Casting Crowns. Not because Linkin Park is inherently evil but because now I want to edify myself (feed this soul with Spiritual food). I don’t necessarily agree with every lyric from the lips of ‘gospel’ artistes so I listen to them in the context of scripture…
The life of a Christian revolves around the death and resurrection of Christ. I consider it my highest duty to stay true to this identity. There are enough artists in every genre with songs to inspire and encourage you. Lecrae provides the lyrical versatility of a rapper and such depth of insight in the word of God, Kirk Franklin takes you on a journey of commanding praise, Kim Walker has the worshipper’s swag. Florocka, Kenny Kore and Kunle Kenny are a few examples of Nigerians whose Kingdom Lifestyle shines through in their music. Then there is Sonnie Badu…
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, and then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!” Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art. Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Your choice of music is one of humility. I’d rather be edified than entertained. I’d rather reflect on the glory of my King than ooze sweat while shaking my head on the dance floor. Let us even forget the scarcity of lyrical content, let us ignore the overhyped beats and spurious melody what else does the music of the world have to offer you?
I have listened to Wale Adenuga, Bob Fitts and they present me with life on a platter of beautiful music. Think about it: If all you want is her waist then before long your life will be a waste. Are you waiting for your maga to pay? No matter how much you make you can’t pay sin’s wages!
Repentance means a change in your mind’s perception. Consider the quality of what enters through your ears.
On this issue of music there is a lot to discuss.
So please share your thoughts in the comment section and do be gentle.