The Supernatural Power and Pull of Godly Music
Proverbs 25:20 (KJB) As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
Some people encourage others to listen to music for the purpose of soothing and calming their restless and weighty spiritual heart. Many people have drawn the conclusion that music is very beneficial and even blesses their soul as accumulated from the many opinions of mankind in this world. Many people point to this determination as garnered from the results of scientific studies for proving music’s benefit by showcasing its relaxing and healing powers. Doctors, scientists, various social treatment programs, psychologists, schools, therapists, and other professional organizations appeal and promote the playing of music all for assisting people in finding a peaceful state, a greater relaxation, and for inner inspiration. However, young and fresh, but often gravely troubled, minds can either be benefited or adversely affected by the dark power and pull of ungodly tunes.
It is true, as we have discovered child of God can be influenced by His holiness and righteousness at an early age by listening to music which aligns with God’s Word, as well as be injured and further weakened from choosing to partake of the influence of satan’s dark and deadly tunes.
Today we are going to take a look at godly tunes and their effect upon heavy hearts. In fact, God’s Word contains much proof about the divine working of His supernatural power and purpose fashioned within music. However, there is a strong pull at work in this world for moving away from the playing of any biblical based Hymns and songs by shifting instead to listening to contemporary music present in many lukewarm Laodicean churches today. Therefore, it is necessary to look at both the roots and the mechanics as well as the artist of any music labeled as religious or Christian. Not all music embodies that which is honoring to God. Contemporary Christian songs and Christian rock music, for example, are a real musical malady found in many compromising churches today. The weak and ineffective lyrics along with the presence of an inappropriate beat cannot possibly be “sanitized” or cleaned up for “fitting in” with any godly parameters or holy dynamics decreed by God and anticipated in any genuine New Testament churches.
A man cannot ever bargain with God about music for there is no “wiggle room.” God has set forth His clear and uncompromising standards concerning the musical atmosphere expected inside His New Testament Church for the purpose of praising and worshipping Him.
The Bible does clearly infer that God’s music can be used as a positive force and uplifting tool in the lives of every man or woman. In this above verse that God concludes that singing songs can indeed uplift a heavy heart. In fact, there are multiple examples of this kind of spiritual event showcasing His supernatural musical power as recorded in God’s Word.
The following passages concerning the application of godly music are meant for our example and to be beneficial in our musical learning and discerning process as we contemplate upon and mature in all things of Christ.
God used a man to play the harp for spiritual healing:
1 Samuel 16:15-16 (KJB) And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
God sent a chosen man, an anointed man, to play godly music to relieve a spiritually troubled man from the oppression from an evil spirit. This evil spirit had dug his dirty claws in and clung to this man wrecking spiritual havoc upon his life. However, hearing godly music played from a harp instantly caused the evil spirit to loose himself and flee. God’s power and presence are always greater than any dark powers of the god of this world and God can heal any person.
David, who was already chosen by God to be the next king, played godly music from his harp to divinely aid in removing this evil spirit.
The Bible contains unrefuted proof that the power of music can be used to control the spirit world:
1 Samuel 16:22-23 (KJB) And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
These two biblical illustrations provide great insight for us about the supernatural nature and power of music. In this instance, it was used to remove a dark spirit. However, every man must beware because music does have power and the god of this world can harness it for his own dark deeds, in a limited fashion, for employing it in his own wicked musical manifesto.
Music always elicits an emotional response, either it is good and godly or is bad and evil, and aligned with the dark nature of satan.
Ezra 3:10-12 (KJB) And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy.
When the temple rebuilding was complete the priests donned their temple robes and began to enthusiastically praise God through the playing of trumpets and cymbals. This godly festivity was intended for satisfying God and fulfilling the civil regulations set in place by King David. The people all joined in collectively singing praises and thanksgiving to God for the rebuilding of His temple.
However, it is important for us to take note that the elders present were a bit damp-eyed in the midst of their joy, knowing first hand that this rebuilding of God’s temple was not as magnificent or as large as was the original foundation. Though it was a blessing to have it rebuilt it would never compare to the memories of the first temple for them.
How often do we miss a fond memory of something or someone that the power of a familiar song can etch upon our mind in an instant? These few verses can serve as a reminder to us of how the power of music can instantly strike a fondness for something in our past that cannot possibly be revived today. Either because God has shut the door for it to remain at work in our life, or because it was something aligned with the darkness of the god of this world and can no longer remain active in our new life with Christ.
Yes, music can take us down memory lane but it is not always a spiritually pleasant or God-pleasing trip.
David Used Music
David was an Inspired Writer of many Psalms. There are many songs and praises tucked inside powerful prayers to God found in multiple Psalms. David presented the playing of many godly musical instruments in several passages of Psalms. He mentioned over and over again about worshipping and praising God through the use of music in both his “desperate desert times” as well as many “mountaintop moments” taking place in his life.
The last Psalm, Psalm 150, is a short but powerful six verses. It is perhaps a “spiritual Party Psalm” all for exemplifying praises on God’s behalf:
Psalm 150:1-6 (KJB) Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
David points to God as he leads the people in highly praising Him by using a variety of instruments including trumpets, psalteries, harps, timbrels, stringed instruments, organs and two kinds of cymbals. These instruments are still used in godly music today.
This Psalm also indicates that David employed music as part of his worship service. Yes, proper godly music does belong at work both inside and outside of God’s church.
A Procession with the Ark of the Covenant
In ancient times music was a part of the procession of God’s church. The temple did not remain standing in one particular place but could be transported as God decreed and directed, or as He allowed, as it was not always moved necessarily according to His will.
This individual temple moving event was recorded in God’s Word with much glorious music and singing:
1 Chronicles 15:25-28 (KJB) So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obed-edom with joy. 26 And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams. 27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen. 28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.
David donned his finest clothes and led many people in a grand celebration of the moving of God’s temple. God was offered sacrifices by David in this official procession as His temple was moved according to His will. However, choosing to move the ark against God’s will and decrees could certainly lead to a deadly and dangerous outcome, rather than the jubilation found while participating in this grand and blissful occasion.
The Power of a Song and Prayer during An Imprisonment
These biblical verses bring up to the New Testament Age. The power and presence of music were not just a dynamic part of the Old Testament, God’s powerful work through music is presented throughout the entire canon of His Word.
Here in this verse below, we find the Apostle Paul and a few friends once again imprisoned. However, we do not find Paul having a pity party and feeling down and beside himself and without hope. Rather we find him joyfully singing praises to God:
Acts 16:25 (KJB) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
These prayers and music were not just any old song being sung without a purpose other than to pass time. Paul’s prayers and music had the influence and supernatural power of God. They worked to divinely open the locked jail cell. Not only that but this music was heard by the other prisoners and the guards. Its effects were far-reaching and magnanimous affecting the spiritual lives of many.
Wicked Leaders Use Music
In this verse below, we go back to visit the Old Testament in a time of great political and spiritual upheaval. It was a time of bondage for Daniel and many other young Jewish men were taken captive and led from their own land to reside under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar. This was a time of dirty politics and rulings decreed in favor of following the way of satan rather than aligning with God.
Perhaps much like the dark spirits at work in the politics of our world today.
Daniel and his three Jewish friends chose to remain firm in their spiritual allegiance to God despite any civil rulings of the king. They chose to not follow the ruling of Nebuchadnezzar in paying homage to the golden idol:
Daniel 3:7 (KJB) Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Daniel and his three friends chose to ignore the king’s ungodly musical decree. They chose to remain steadfast in following God, not lulled by any music, despite any potential repercussions they might face. God had their backs, divinely protecting them when the heat was turned up against them. God did not allow these men to melt in the fires of affliction severely leveled against them!
It is true that music can be used to train a person, or a group of people, to perform or commit an act upon hearing a certain song. Ungodly music can have a deadly power and purpose, especially if a man allows himself to blindly succumb to its dark and deadly powers. However, God’s power and presence are always available and ready to uphold any child of God caught in the midst of a plethora of spiritual trials and troubles. A man cannot possibly stand flailing in the gap on his own by relying upon his own natural weakness. He needs the supernatural power and presence of God at work in his life.
I hope you have enjoyed reading and studying the spiritual dynamics of music as found in these verses. Especially as music was used for showcasing the power and presence of God as divinely recorded in God’s Word.
The next devotion in this series Satan’s Musical Manifesto will look at some vile examples of ungodly, but sometimes hard to detect dark lyrics. I hope it will alarm you to vileness readily available in the world of music and help you to uncover and decipher the presence of other deadly devilish lyrics cleverly hidden in popular music. I will introduce you to a man named Mr. Crowley in a devotion fittingly titled Meet Mr. Crowley. I will introduce a few other lyrics into this mix including meeting Lola, Lucy and closing it out with a few words about a vacillating man named Pilate.