The Meaning of Music
What is the meaning of music? Maybe you wonder where music came from or assume music evolved from primitive man creating the first tones and rhythms. Music holds a deep spiritual meaning that goes beyond our own understanding and into the realm of the Holy.
THE CONTEXT IS SONG
I was visiting with Bill Johnson, Bethel Church’s pastor, at The King’s University which was honoring Jack Hayford. Bill was so intrigued by something I said and asked me to record it on his phone. I repeated what Jack Hayford told me, “The creation and consummation of the earth, and everything in between, is all in the context of song.” We were both tremendously inspired by those words.
THE BIBLE & THE WORLD SING
The Bible is a book of the music of God. It records the songs of angels, cherubs, seraphs, prophets, pastors, worshipers and of the Divine. When God’s people experience victory, celebration, loss, and prayer worship songs spontaneously break forth. Throughout the Bible songs outnumber sighs and melodies dominate over misery.
Scientists say music is in all things the Creator has made. All creation vibrates with the sounds, melodies and pulses God gave it. The vibrations of energy strings at the core of all matter make rhythm or melody. From angel to animal creation makes music. From the farthest star to the smallest spec of molecular structure there is tones and rhythms.
Song is present in life and ministry to God and to man from creation to David, and from David to Jesus. It is with song that prophets proclaimed God’s word and armies fought battles. Music is how signs and wonders occurred in scriptures. Melody is indelibly connected with the power of God’s presence. It has such value to God it is part of His economy and kingdom. With God music is so important He created a music angel to cover His throne so song would surround Him. God delights in the melodies of His people equally as much that He said, “When you sing, I will come close and reveal Myself to you” (Ps 22:3).
A SINGING PEOPLE
The songs and psalms of praise and prayer are prevalent in scripture. The diverse melodies from all races of peoples in divine worship throughout history culminate before the throne of God. God’s people, Jewish and Christian, have always been a people of song.
Recently I was worshiping in the Messianic service at Gateway Church and the prayer of the lighting of candles was sung, the reading of the books of Moses were sung and the pastor also sang the Aaronic prayer of blessing over us. Once again, I saw how much God values music and imparted it into the worship of His people.
Do you value the time you sing to God? Will you sing your prayers and praise to Him this week? He delights in hearing the melodies that arise from your heart.
Be encouraged! There are tremendous encounters with God ahead for you.
LaMar Boschman is a speaker, mentor, and author of the book Authentic, Exploring the Mysteries of Real Worship. Explore The Music of God Podcast and for more articles, visit: LaMarBoschman.com/blog