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Your Choice in Music Matters to God

How much is music a part of your life?
When and where do you listen to music?
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? How hard is it to get rid of that song?
How do you think music influences a person’s thoughts and actions?
Why is God concerned about the music that fills your life?

    Col 3:16,17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.


Music has been a part of human existence since mankind’s earliest days on earth.

    Gen 4:21 And his brother's name [was] Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

In the cultures described in the Bible, music communicated both personal and community feelings.
Exodus 15 records the musical festivities of Israel after the people miraculously crossed the Red Sea. Miriam and the women danced with timbrels (tambourines) as Moses and the rest of the people sang to the Lord. Music accompanied men into battle, then celebrated victories in war.

    1 Sam 18:6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
    Song and dance also honored kings at their coronations


    2 Chron 23:13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise.

Music soothed troubled minds.

    1 Sam 16:23 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.

Music accompanied prophesy.

    1 Sam 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where [is] the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy

And music expressed personal sorrow.

    Job 30:31 My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

The most famous ancient musician was King David. As a shepherd boy caring for his father’s flock, David played the harp or lyre. He became so skilled that he played for King Saul and the King was so taken with David’s skill that David became part of the King’s court.

    1 Sam 16:17-23 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring [him] to me. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, [that is] cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD [is] with him. Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which [is] with the sheep. And Jesse took an ass [laden] with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent [them] by David his son unto Saul. And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. And then we read how the power of music soothed the savage beast in the King… 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.

In the book of Colossians, Paul listed psalms and hymns and spiritual songs as appropriate means of teaching through music.

    Col 3:16,17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Music like every other area of our life, should honor God. Every action should be done with thankfulness to God. We need to focus on what God has done for us, and praise and give thanks to God out of gratefulness. When you’re listening to music, these are the things you should be asking yourself:

Does this song honor God and His ways?

    1 Cor 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Does this song help me think about what is right and true?

    Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

Does this song reinforce my faith?

    Rom 14:22,23 Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin.

Does this song approve what God condemns?

    Prov 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.

Do the words of this song displease God?

    Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
    Can I listen to this song in the name of the Lord Jesus?


    Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Do my parents approve of this song?

    Col 3:20 Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Will listening to this song offend the Holt Spirit, Who lives in me?

    1 Cor 6:19.20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
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