Throughout time, music has had the power to form a mood, to soothe a frayed spirit, and to uplift a wounded soul. Since our world was created by the word of God, it has been used to convey the deepest feelings of love and devotion. Songs are an expression of the longings of the heart. They can pour out the sadness of mourning, the joy of salvation, or the consuming fire of love. God has created us all with a spirit that reacts to and reaches out in the form of music. Even those who are not followers of Christ are compelled by the power of song. In the world music is a mnemonic—a powerful tool in advertising, a multi-billion dollar artistic enterprise, but it is most often used to express romantic love. In the Bible, God’s people have always given thanks and honor to Him by singing praises to His name. David penned his prayers as psalms unto God that are still used in hymns and contemporary worship music today. In them he spoke of his desires, his fears, his love for God, and God’s love for him. The tale of love that mirrors Christ’s love for His bride the church is not the Story of Solomon, but the Song. Music has been breathed into us along with the life God imbued to us the day He made Adam.
Today, music plays an important role in the contemporary church. Most Christian churches lead worship in song. Paul admonished in his epistles for his fellow Christians to, “Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with all your heart to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19). Worship music focuses the mind, body, and spirit on the Lord. Singing to God links our hearts to His, and our praise is lifted to Him as we sing in one accord. As a body, we give honor to God with our songs and become attuned to the Spirit, which leads to better understanding of His word. Music can also be a major part of our personal worship time with God. I believe that music is a gift that God has given us, so that we can give back to Him, as well as use to share God’s love with the lost.I feel closest to God when I hear Him speak to me in a song. When you really listen to the words you are singing, you can’t help but feel God’s love for you and want to sing your love back to Him. He is truly worthy of our praise. I couldn’t imagine a worship service where I simply stood and listened to others singing to God. My heart fills to bursting with the desire to sing for Him. We are blessed to be able to honor God with music using the talents He provides us, making joyful noise to our Creator. There is a song that I love by the band Switchfoot that expresses what I am trying to relay quite beautifully. “Your love is a symphony, all around me, running through me. Your love is a melody, underneath me, running to me.” God gave us love in music, and the least we can do is give it back to Him with love