Colossians 3:16 – “ Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Music plays an important role in our lives. For Christians, music is central to our faith. Music is vital for worship. Playing music and/or singing together to the Lord enhances the corporate worship experience.
As I think of the power of music, I am reminded of this year’s America’s Got Talent winner – Kodi Lee. What makes Kodi Lee special? He is blind and autistic. Yet, Kodi beat many acts to claim the $1 million-dollar grand price. Kodi is living proof that music transcends disabilities. Music gives a voice to the voiceless, and super abilities to the weak. “We use music to say things we could never say with words” – Andrea Bocelli.
Here are more facts about the power of music:
- Music is a universal language. Music unites all peoples of the earth. You don’t have to speak the same language to appreciate and to play music together. You just have to have the passion for it.
- Music helps some people focus better when they study or prepare for a big challenge. My daughter plays music when she studies, whereas, I want dead silence when I study. Most athletes play a certain song to get them into “the zone” before a big game.
- Music is fun and is for fun. We play music when we are happy. We play music at a party, or any celebration. We play music driving down the freeway with the windows open welcoming the scented, crisp spring air. Music uplifts the spirit and lures the body to move rhythmically.
- Music is a creativity vehicle. Composers and players express themselves through music. I have watched and listened in amazement as a gifted jazz player channels their creativity through improvisation.
- Music touches the emotions – calms the nerves, soothes the soul, and heals the pain. The bible records that whenever a bad spirit came upon King Saul, young David would be called to play music on his lyre. David’s smooth playing would soothe King Saul, and the evil spirit would leave (1 Samuel 16:23).
- Music takes you there. Music takes you back to happier times, to a particular romantic place, with the people you love. Music refreshes the sweet memories of distant past. One of my all-time favorite songs is entitled, “Dance with My Father” by the late Luther Vandross. In it, Luther reminisces on times past when he would dance with his father. He wishes he could have another chance to dance with his father again and he would play a song that would never.
- Music sets the tone, establishes the temperature, and creates the appropriate ambiance for any occasion. On a romantic date you would need the appropriate romantic song. I think of my favorite dates with Rutendo where play songs by Norah Jones or Boys II Men.
- Music leads you closer to God. It elevates our senses. Music ushers us into the very presence of the Divine. When we sing the right song, we close ours eyes and imagine ourselves standing before the Almighty. This song could be a hymn or a worship song that just hits the sweet spiritual spot.
- Music teaches facts. Many teachers use songs and rhythms to embed truths into the little minds of their students. The students recall information better when music is the foundation. In Developing Countries, where Bibles and theology books are scarce, many Christians memorize songs from their hymnbooks. They use these songs for devotionals as well as for reinforcing theological truths. Music improves retention in the brain.
Next time you play an instrument, sing a song, remember the power of music on your soul and in the souls of those who listen.