It is commonly understood that music pervades every culture across the world. Music manifests in experience, expression, and diversity. It has the power to instill hope, shift a mindset, and calm the storm within. Music is also a means of expression and our song can carry us into a new stage in life. Lyrics, as well as melodies, can literally change lives! This is the power of song.
Music tends to be a part of our churches and our ministry meetings. Often, there is a time of worship through music. This can be a powerful ministry time for everyone because we know what God can do through song! There have been countless occasions when His Beloved are deeply humbled and moved by the Holy Spirit during times of worship through music. Heavy hearts are softened by His grace and hope is a vaccination within our veins! We are profoundly moved by what can be done through a song.
The Bible has many examples that denote the power of song. Let’s look at a few examples.
Music Ushers in the Presence of God
2 Chronicles 5:13 says: “The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud”
David committed to worshipping God through song and dance. He ordered musicians to lead people in worship and as a result the Lord’s glory filled the temple. Wow! When God shows up, we should get excited! He is the lover of our souls and He absolutely loves when we worship and spend time with Him.
Music Can Drive Out the Darkness
1 Samuel 16:23 says, “Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”
Darkness cannot stand to be in the presence of God—the demons must flee! Satan’s strongholds crumble down when our song is full of joy and we celebrate the goodness of the Lord. Captives can literally be set free from the spirit of oppression. Yet another reason why there is such power in our song for the Lord.
Music Can Transcend Our Bad Situations
Psalm 27:6 says, “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.”
The enemy of our souls often thinks he has us trapped in a corner, but the mighty hand of God delivers us from our troubles! When we experience what it means to have true freedom from the power of sin and of death, we can make songs of praise to the only One who can truly deliver us! God’s goodness and faithfulness to us truly changes our perspective—even in the midst of dire situations!
We can see now that there is power in our song and we must be free to sing it! Nothing should hold us back from our praise and sometimes we just need to fall down in worship of the One who saves. If you do not already have music as part of your ministry time, I hope you will consider this powerful and effective means of bringing people closer to the Lord. I believe that it truly can change lives.