THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC
Recently I took my wife to a concert featuring Andre Rieu with his orchestra and singers. I left feeling like I had been in church. And why? Because of the healing power of music.
Words make you think. Music makes you feel. But songs make you think and feel.
Scientists believe that music helps people to connect with each other. It helps to bring people’s brains to synchronize and lends to the effectiveness of corporate worship and a strong sense of community.
Too often in our Christian circles, we minimize the importance and power of this venue of worship. Or we fail to appreciate the need of people to be drawn to participate in this gift of God that can clear the mind, heal the soul, lift the spirit, and make Jesus real. When we sing familiar songs, people sing better and feel the Spirit deeper. It gives power to a service.
Music helps to block the unwanted noise in our minds and touches us emotionally where words alone cannot. As we examine the agenda of heaven, music is the single most means of the worship of God. I have yet to find one reference in Scripture about preaching in heaven. But I can bring you to scores about music, singing, and the worship of God.
Music is God’s gift to man. It is the only art of heaven given to earth, and the only art of earth we take to heaven.
“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and elders. In a loud voice, they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise. Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Revelation 5:11-14)
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalms 100:1-3 NIV)
Someone was asked: “Why do you love music so much?” Their answer. “Because it’s the only thing that stays when everything else is gone.”