I am just a little more than convinced that music makes the devil mad. I am talking about call-down-the-power-of-heaven music that sends our souls straight to the Beautiful Feet at the Throne. What is there about some words put with notes that reach the soul faster than just the same words spoken? It’s an old joke that the difference between a machine gun and a praise song is that a praise song has more rounds. Some songs can be repetitive, but the same words can speak to you on the 8th time when they didn’t register before.
Years ago, I taught children’s church with two of my friends. One time, we needed to kill a little time before we brought them back in for the service, so my friend started singing, “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and my other friend and I were just trying to follow along to help the kids sing, since she had all the words, and I do mean ALL. I never knew an old hymn could have so many stanzas in her. We sang “All things bright and beautiful. All creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful. The Lord God made them all.” The song goes on to name all the creatures and living things…and repeats that chorus over and over. Anyway, even today, if we catch each other’s eye when we sing that song in the service, we cannot stop ourselves from bursting into laughter, oh, on about the fourth chorus.
Repetition has a way about speaking to our hearts. We start tuning in. We start opening up. And receptive hearts are a good thing. Last night, I was in one of my moods, and a dear friend and I were online chatting. We started sending links to songs and playing them one right after the other. Just by listening to worship on my computer and chatting, I started feeling better. We agreed, we would praise Him and enjoy the music therapy again soon. It was so sweet to worship across the miles together. And we knew “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Music was that thread. Music was a link to each other and to our great God. Would you sing with me, “How Great is Our God?” You’ll be glad you’re on the other side, out of earshot of my offering.
OH YEAH!!! I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!!! I SING IN THE CHOIR AT OUR CHURCH, AND LAST NIGHT OUR MUSIC MINISTER LOOKED AT US AT THE END OF CHOIR AND SAID, WOW, WE HAD A GREAT GROUP TONIGHT, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF VACATION SEASON!!!
WHAT CAN I SAY….WE LOVE TO SING!!! AND YES IT DOES FRIGHTEN THE DEVIL!!!
GOD INHABITS THE PRAISE OF HIS PEOPLE!!!
He is GREAT, Annette!
I love you~ Across the miles!
Oh, how music can take us to the throne of God. How often it brings tears to my eyes. How praise music can soothe our troubled souls and bring His peace. He truly inhabits the praise of His people. Thanks for this post..
Love love love my praise music. Its on in the house quiet enough for me to hear and not wake the sleeping boys. Its my key. 🙂
Have a great day my friend.
can I just tell everyone that something crazy is going on in West TN because I had to put a sweatshirt on yesterday afternoon while I sat outside and read!!!!!!
Oh praise Him!!
Amen Sister. The power of music can take us to the throne. Many times people are healed during praise and worship because the presence of God is so powerful.
I believe that’s why satan tries so hard to corrupt people through music. (I don’t mean playing rock n roll backwards – remember that theory?) I mean by the repition of nasty words and thoughts.
Have a blessed day.
Annette # 2
The right music softens the heart so that it might be receptive to the word of God.
Praying God’s blessings for you today, sister.
Oh what God can do through music!
You are so right, when just words don’t reach me you put music to the words and I will be raising my hands and voice in prise… I am with you I need it more offten, thank you for the reminder…