Music has been called “the universal language.” Wherever there are people there is music. It seems to come from the very nature of man. Every tribe on every continent has had musicians that make their own type of music. It is different from place to place, from being as irritating as fingernails on a chalk board to sounding like the “voices of angels.”
The first “recognized” musician was Jabal who is mentioned in Genesis 4:21. He was the “father” of all who played the harp and flute. Music was very important to Moses and the Children of Israel. One of their earliest songs is introduced in Exodus 15:1 – “I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted.”
Music has always played an important role in the history of Christianity. In fact, before the followers of Christ met to worship God the choirs of heaven sang on the night that Christ was born. And Jesus Himself led His followers in singing a hymn of praise before going to Gethsemane!
Pliny was commissioned by a Roman Emperor to investigate the belief and behavior of Christians. He reported, “They have a custom of meeting before dawn on an appointed day, and singing hymns to Christ.”
Although music is everywhere, why is the music of God’s children different? David said, “I will sing and make music!” immediately after he found a new steadfastness, or confidence, in God’s grace. That’s why!
When hearts are at peace with God, people sing!
Prayer: Thank You, God, for putting a song of joy in our hearts, praise on our lips and a smile on our faces! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 57:7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.