By Shekinah Kigame
The great Greek philosopher Plato once said, ” Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”
I’ve heard people say the following statements over and over again.” That song moved me to tears.” The song touched me”. ” I felt my burdens lift when I listened to the song” It spoke to my situation”…
Music is something we are all touched by. From the young baby falling asleep to his mother’s lullaby, to the little girl playing singing games at school, to the widow, listening to words of comfort and hope flowing through a melody, and the gathering of people, dancing the night away. The elements of music are present in our entire being. How we walk – rhythm, how we talk – pitch. We live music without even being aware of it.
Imagine a world without music. How silent it would be.
Research has shown that music is so powerful, having the ability to heal both mentally and physically hence a whole new field of study – music therapy. It also improves our creativity, reasoning and motor skills, and making music is said to be one of the few activities that requires use of both the left and right sides of the brain equally!
So if music is so powerful a thing, then we should be so concerned with the music we listen to, as it directly influences who we are. I don’t refer to genre here, because I believe God placed in us the creativity to come up with different styles of music. But rather, I refer to the message of the songs we listen to. For a message may reach you whether it is sang as reggae, rock, country, hip-hop, jazz, soul or any other genre. God created us differently with vast tastes. Some styles will appeal to you more than others. But the question to ask is, how does what the song says, affect me as a person! As a woman who loves God?
We are vessels. Created for God’s glory. What comes in, goes out. Take in brokenness, emptiness, and that’s what you give out. Take in hope, love, kindness. And that’s what you give out. What kind of vessel do you want to be?
From personal experience, I know that the music you listen to can influence your perspective on life. I listened to alot of secular music, especially songs about love, girl – power, self – love and brokenness. Till I realized the kind of thoughts flowing through my mind contradicted God’s word. The songs said it’s okay to to leave someone when love runs out, but God’s word says love never fails. The songs said girls are strong, instilling in me the idea that I can do all things. But God’s word says I can do all things THROUGH Christ. The songs said I should love myself (promoting self narcissism), but God’s word says Love God and love your neighbor. The songs spoke of broken hearts, but God’s word speaks of joy and pleasures ever more. I couldn’t think that the songs were harmless anymore.
God worked on my heart. Teaching me to set my mind on things above. (Col 3:1-2). Teaching me to live for eternity by doing what pleases Him – listening to what pleases Him.
Perhaps you are where I’ve been and you’re wondering how things can be different. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:2). One way you can renew your mind is by listening to music with God glorifying content.
How do you choose what to listen to? Whatever is true,noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praise – worthy. (Phil 4:8). Ask the Holy spirit to help you. He will.
Friend, music is powerful. Choose today to use this powerful tool for the glory of God and don’t let the music you listen to draw you away from our king.
Shekinah is a gospel musician, music teacher and studio engineer at Kigame Media in Eldoret, Kenya. You can reach her by sending her an email; email@example.com
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