What music can do
What music can do
Music has been said to be the food for the soul. If men, women, and children should see the light and hope of life, music is one key that effectively opens that door.
It was music that brought me closer to the Lord, it is music that enriches my life in Him, it is music that helps me best express how I feel about my God. When I sing, I can feel the pull towards the mystical; when I listen to music sometimes I can feel the pull toward God.
In the singing of the song, Just as I am without a plea, I finally felt my full emotion and my desire to make a total commitment to the Lord. The songwriter says, But that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee, O lamb of God, I come, I come. With many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Sight, riches, healing of the mind, yea, all I need in thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, Thy love unknown Hath broken every barrier down; Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, O Lamb of God; of that free love The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove, Here for a season, then above, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
Tired of singing songs that do not touch my innermost being, I recently went on a search for music that would resonate with my Spirit being within. Not every sound of music has the same effect on me, for sure; fortunately I know the genre of music that has the most effect on me and I know the sort of effect I want to experience too. It is like taking a journey to a familiar land.
I love choral music.I love old hymns and I love songs with basic instrument accompaniment, the piano, the organ, the flute, the guitar. For instance, I love to hear the sound of George Beverly Shea singing hymns. I tune in to Family Bible radio station to listen to the singing of traditional hymns.
I grew up in rural Africa where music was always in the air. Small groups practiced their pieces of music for the worship services, after school, during the evening and at different places, wherever two or more found themselves together. They blended their voices together in melodious duets, quartets, quintets, sextets, and choirs of voices just like it will be in heaven.
I grew up with the love for popular hymns like Amazing Grace, My Jesus I love thee, The Lord is my Shepherd, and The Lord's prayer. Over Christmas we sang traditional carols about the savior's birth. They were more melodious than the English carols we sing today. Villagers sang from the heart and not simply reciting from memory or following some written music notes as many do.
There are so many old hymns that live in my heart today that I grew up singing. These are songs with deep, eternal meanings whose tunes were like invitations to a feast or wedding banquet. They wait like music instruments that have no one to play them, waiting for someone who knows how to play them.
Recently while searching for meaningful music I came across the Choir Boys. This is an old singing group of young boys, originally three of them. As I listened to their music my entire inner self resonated with the purity of their piety and praise. I was lifted above the current circumstances into another world. I let myself drift off and decided to write this blog.
I think I have heard angels sing. Although I cannot say I know what they said, the music of heaven resonated in my inner-being at the sound of angels' music. I know that the sound of the Choir boys' music resonated with my innermost being.
I have never been to heaven. Yet, I believe there will be music in heaven; we will spend our time singing and music will be part of who we become in heaven. There are times heaven comes down just where we are. We should seek those moments and let God bless us.
I say heaven, not the expanse of space, but the village where God has His house. Music fills that village and of its domain there is no end.
Perfect music should bring harmony to the whole being, body, mind and spirit; to the soul. Each one of us knows the music that achieves that and we know when we are lifted up by the sounds of music that enter our ears.
We should seek to be lifted up into the very presence of God. Music does that for me. Through music I prepare my heart for the word of God; I prepare my heart for the commitment of sanctification. Music lifts me up, warms my heart for sacrifice and ministry.
Music is not of this earth. I believe music came with the breath of God's Spirit at creation and remains with us while we are here. We should practice singing because that is pretty much the language of our eternal home and remains the food for the soul.
I would love to know what music lifts others into the presence of God.