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Does Music Influence You?
Some people think that listening to a song with explicit lyrics it's not an issue. They justify that even though they are Christians, They can control their thoughts and they don't have to control what they're listening to. Their thought process is that nothing controls them unless they give it permission to. We know that this is not the case. A lot of times, when we listen to music, it subconsciously gets in our minds.
Science and Music
Science proves this. A scientific journal known as BJPsych International mentions the following: “A number of studies have shown that music can actively facilitate the recovery of movement in patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury (Thaut, 2005). Findings from individual trials suggest that music therapy is accepted by people with depression and is associated with improvements in mood disorders (Maratos et al, 2008). Further, the potential applications of music therapy in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders have led to psychotherapeutic uses aimed at directly evoking emotions.”
The Power of Music in the Bible
The thing people don't realize is that music has power. Not the kind of power that comes from massive speakers and an ACDC concert. Music, lyrics, singing actually had a profound impact on individuals in the Bible. You may not know this but most of the Psalms in the Bibles are actually songs. In the original Hebrew text, many Psalms contained the word mizmor which means a poem sung alongside a stringed instrument.
Let’s explore examples of music in the Bible:
Psalm 28:7 - The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
In 2nd Chronicles, Chapter 20, Jehoshaphat was under attack by armies of foreign lands. He had his people set aside time to fast and pray. The goal was to keep God in mind at all times. This is an excerpt from the Bible:
"Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten."
In the Bible, music, song, and lyrics were extremely important.
Music Almost Killed Me
When you sing, and listen to music that is uplifting, the Holy Spirit is working in you, and through you. But through music, Satan can also work within you, and spread negativity through you through suggestion, influence and the delicious taste of forbidden sin.
I'm going to give you a personal example of this. When I was a freshman in high school, I thought I was like a goth or something like that. I dressed in all black and I wore metal necklaces, fake necklace tattoos, and shirts that glowed in the dark. All I listened to was Linkin Park, Disturbed, Nirvana, and Slipknot. A song that had a very profound influence on me was called “Cut My Life Into Pieces” by Papa Roach
The following lyrics are very dark, so be warned, but this is an existing song that was extremely popular several years ago.
"Cut my life into pieces. This is my last resort. Suffocation. No breathing. Don't give a (expletive) if I cut my arm, bleeding. Do you even care if I die bleeding? Would it be wrong? Would it be right? If I took my life tonight, Chances are that I might. Mutilation outta sight...And I'm contemplating suicide. 'Cause I'm losing my sight, Losing my mind. Wish somebody would tell me I'm fine. Searching to find a love up on a higher level. Finding nothing but questions and devils. Nothing's alright."
This song was my anthem. Ever since I was eight years old, I have struggled with depression. For most of my life, it was, sadly, not diagnosed. This is important for you to know because it had a significant impact in my life. In fact, it was my life. At that time, as a young teenager, I was abysmally depressed. I should have been diagnosed, treated, but I was not taken seriously at the time. Usually when you’re young, wearing all black and when you're in your early teens, listening to this kind of dark music, the darkness and moodiness is chalked up to normal teenage angst that you’ll magically grow out of. This song fueled my self-hate. This song gave me comfort. Satan was speaking to me through this song. It's very clear what he wanted me to do (he failed, but he is still trying daily. God is stronger, though!)
Music That Speaks To Your Soul
And again nobody takes you seriously. So you kind of suffer this weird, quiet depression by yourself, trying to find solace in music. You’re too scared too die, you secretly want to live, you don't want to exist, yet no one understands you - except for music. How many times have we broken up with somebody and immediately turned to that Taylor Swift song that exactly said the words that your heart was screaming out? How many times do we sing along, extra loud, to that particular part of the song that resonates with our soul? Sometimes, it even gives us goosebumps or makes our head tingle in a way we don't really disclose to others because it’s a little weird. Regardless, we want the song to reflect our heart. We want the song to reflect us. At some point, music genres, bands, or lyrics end up becoming a part of us and a part of our life story. So we have to be extremely careful in regards to what we're playing as the background track in our lives.
Music Can Uplift You
Music can either be used to glorify God or to demean him. There really is no middle ground. In fact gray areas are extremely dangerous because that's when you toe the line between being a Christian and being a diet Coca-Cola Christian. Diet Coca-Cola Christian-What is that? You look like Coke, but you're not. You have the bubbles, the consistency, the recognizable can, but your colors are a little different. You look like Coke, but you have fake sugar. You look like Coke, but you have a weird aftertaste. We want to be real Christians...kind of Christians that just ooze the pure, undiluted, pure love of God, the kind of Christian that leaves a really good impression of God, but not just through our words but also our actions. We want to be real Christian, not Light Christians, or Diet Zero Calorie Christians. One of the ways we can do this is by paying attention to what we listen to and what we fill our minds with.
Voice of Truth
Music saved me. It saved my body, and my soul. I was actually very depressed when I was married at the young-ish age of 21. My husband at the time joined the military. He was getting so emotionally distant, on top of being 11 hours away, regardless of my efforts. I was trying to keep the relationship alive, while going to school and working, both full time, as well. I felt so deeply lost in the bottom, deepest pit of depression, to the point where I thought I wasn't good enough for the world. I thought I was a complete loser and a mistake created by God. These were not only my thoughts, but things that others told me about myself before I had any kind of self-awareness or self-esteem. I had very evil, horrific thoughts that were planted in My Mind by the Devil, who wished nothing more than to completely exile me from this Earth. The song that saved my life, that I listened to on repeat, was the voice of Truth by Casting Crowns.
These are the lyrics:
"Oh what I would do to have The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant, With just a sling and a stone. Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors, Shaking in their armor. Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand. But the giant's calling out my name, And he laughs at me. Reminding me of all the times I've tried before and failed. The giant keeps on telling me Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win! "You'll never win!" But the stone was just the right size To put the giant on the ground, And the waves they don't seem so high From on top of them lookin' down. I will soar with the wings of eagles. I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus Singing over me. The voice of truth tells me a different story. The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!" The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory". Out of all the voices calling out to me I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth."
What a stark contrast to the lyrics of the Papa Roach song. This song gave me strange shivers up my spine. It inspired tears of hope. Hope Floats. Hope is the bright orange inflatable life raft in an ocean store amidst the crashing waves. Hope is what the song inspired, and Hope is what kept me alive.
Check Your Playlist
Hopefully after today's devotional, you consider revisiting your playlist. Add some inspiration, hope and worship to your music list while removing some of the expletive-laced, Satan-fueled songs that will only quietly destroy you.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Reformed Eve
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 03, 2020:
This is a very inspiring article. Thank you so much
Reformed Eve (author) from USA on October 03, 2020:
Sannyasi Raja - I am so glad that the article inspired a thought. Sometimes it takes a little seed to grow roots in your mind.
Mark Richardson from Utah on October 03, 2020:
Interesting article. I love music and I can tell that you do too. Wow. Never realized the words of that Papa Roach song. But you’re onto something. We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
I agree with your points. The article has prompted me to evaluate what I listen to. I agree that there is often no middle ground. Like a horror movie (in my opinion), nothing good or uplifting comes from some music.
As a teenager, I thought music did not affect me. But it does.
It is a challenge to for me to judge about music because sometimes the only thing one can measure, is language. So that is easy to avoid. I avoid the F-bomb.
In my opinion, good music can be hard to find. The most uplifting for me: Christian bands like Casting Crowns, Third Day, Brandon Heath, Jeremy Camp, Beethoven, Enya, Yanni, pianist Paul Cardall, and a primarily instrumental group called Secret Garden. I have thought that Secret Garden would be music one would hear in Heaven.
People can mistake the excitement of heavy rock for something good. But hard rock has sometimes gotten me out of a funk, I must admit.
I have articles on music myself and would be interested in your thoughts if you are interested in reading them.
Sannyasi Raja from Durgapur, West Bengal, India on October 02, 2020:
Really very thought provoking.
I will try to inspire my soul through good music as you have suggested.