We’ve all heard the infamous quote, “When words fail, music speaks”
Many say that music is a language that everyone can understand. Not necessarily the art, but the lyrics. In this day in age, you will not be able to find a teenager who does not like music. Whether it be Christian, country, rap, or pop; Music is everywhere.
So, what is “Godly” music? In this post, I will answer this question for you :)
I believe in using the Bible as my textbook in all posts that I publish, but I decided to take this from a different angle. Although I will be using scripture, I also want to explain common sense.
I once heard a sermon from a man who grew up in a deaf home. His parents were deaf, his sister was deaf– he and his brother were the only individuals who could hear in his household (even his dog was deaf!) He stated that growing up in his home, he never heard his parents say “I love you”, but he felt it in his heart. He explained that there is the language of our flesh, and the language of our heart. So here is a simple question for us: Does our music speak to our flesh or our heart?
If we are saved by the grace of God, then Jesus lives within our heart. Although He is inside of us, we still have a filthy flesh that we battle on a daily basis. Needless to say, it is wrong that we feed our flesh with a certain genre of music that is on our iPod.
Here are a few verses on feeding our heart:
Ephesians 5:19 ~
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
Psalms 105:2 ~
“Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.”
Colossians 3:16 ~
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
And many, many more. But here’s the thing: What are “spiritual songs”?
Philippians 4:8 ~
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”
So it seems that Godly (or spiritual) music is not only true, honest, and just; but it is pure. This word “pure” really marks off so many genres and music stars. If the music we listen to has sexual references, inappropriate language, or a beat that we would not call “lovely”, then it is not for God’s child. Sure, once in awhile Hollywood may slip a song in there that isn’t so bad, but how many songs do we have to search through before we find it? How many inappropriate songs get stuck in our head while listening to the radio, hoping to find something descent? As children of God, we shouldn’t pollute our minds with sinful music. Our God is a true, honest, just, pure, and lovely God. Why should we settle to listen to anything less than God’s best?
Before getting saved two years ago, music was one of my biggest struggles. I am very passionate about the art of music, and I honestly still struggle with it. It is a huge struggle with the teens of today. I strongly encourage you to diligently stay in your Bible, studying it daily. Pray for God’s guidance! I’m sure your youth leader or Pastor/Pastor’s wife would certainly be willing to help you and hold you accountable.
Why settle to listen to anything less than God’s best?