music is a spiritual medium

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Christianity, Music, Worship
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To say music is a passion of mine would be a gross understatement. Music basically consumes my mind at all times. There is never a point in time when I don’t have a song, a rhythm or melody playing in my head. Never. When I wake up in the middle of the night it’s always loud in my head. You’d think it would get annoying but it doesn’t – I love it. The only time it gets irritating is when I just want to enjoy a song in its simplicity but my brain tries to take it apart layer by layer.

As I’ve studied, performed, written and obsessed over music through the years, I’ve learned that music is a spiritual medium. What do I mean by that? Well, a medium is a means by which a message is carried. Television is a medium that uses our senses of hearing and sight to get a message across to us. In the same way, I believe music is a spiritual medium. Of course, it uses sound to convey its message to our minds, but I believe it is also a gateway to our spirits. When music is heard, our inner being also comprehends and processes the spiritual message found within the music.

No doubt, music can illicit amazing emotional responses. But I’m not talking about emotion. I’m talking about receiving spiritual information. See, I believe music can be a point-in-time contact – a gateway into the spiritual realm. Want a verse? Check out what Elisha says when he is asked to give some kings a prophetic word and begrudgingly obliges in 2 Kings 3:15:

And Elisha said, “As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I have regard for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you nor see you. But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the LORD came upon him. (ESV)

Elisha clearly did not want to help these kings. But when he decided he would consult God for them anyway, he asked for a musician to play. Only once the musician played did the “hand of the Lord” come on him and he was able to prophesy. Of course, humans can’t prophesy without being empowered by the Holy Spirit and in this case, the Holy Spirit didn’t empower one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament until music was played. When Elisha asked for a musician, he knew that music was a spiritual medium and it would provide access into the spirit world for him.

So what does this mean for us? Well first of all it should hopefully scare the living crap out worship leaders. The job of a worship leader is not to gather their congregation and prepare them to hear from God during the upcoming sermon. That is akin to using the Bible as a doorstop – it’s utilizing music so far below its potential. No, worship in itself can be the very method by which we hear from God. Its a point of spiritual contact and that’s a big deal. This realization of the power of music should also tip Christians off to the fact that worship should be a regular part of your personal interaction with God. If all you do is read a devotion or a few chapters of the Bible when you spend time with God, then you’re missing out. I encourage you to lower the lights, get comfy and worship to one of your favorite worship CDs. Just make sure its the real stuff where you can sense the presence of God when you listen.

In addition, this information should give God-seekers pause that while music is a fun thing, it does carry spiritual messages and we do have to be wise when choosing what information we send to our spirits. Do I think the A chord carries spiritual weight? No. Its just a combination of notes. But music will always bear the spiritual signature of its composer and performer. Ever heard a song done by one Christian artist that seems just OK, yet another Christian artist can do the same song and its like Heaven found its way to earth? Whats the difference? The chords, melody and tempo can be the same but much like an artist signs their painting, so does a composer and performer leave their spiritual mark on their music.

I know there is a whole group of believers out there that think music is not redeemable and has never been commissioned for use by God in the church. They sing acapella and attempt to keep their worship more “holy” by keeping music out of it. I really feel for them. God not only commissioned music all throughout the bible (Psalm 150 is a great place to start), but we also know from scripture that our worship will be accompanied by music in heaven (Revelation 15:2-3). Lets not deny ourselves access to the Father because of the traditions of men.

Thank you, God, for the awesome gift of music – an access point into the supernatural where we can draw closer to You!

  1. Carol Collins says:

    Jamie I left a reply somewhere else but it begs repeating. I am the same way with music and I totally connect with what you are saying. I cannot live without music…it is always on at my house and I am very selective about what we listen to. If I cannot understand the words, we do not listen to it. If the beat or melody feels wrong, we do not listen to it. I had a vision/dream in the early morning hours a year ago April where I was in heaven worshipping- there were thousands and thousands of people and this incredible music and incredible colors and my arms were thrown out and up and all I was saying was “I love you” over and over and over- the light was so brilliant- I cannot explain to you the colors and sounds there. But when I awoke I sat straight up in bed and said – I know what I was born to do!!! It was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. I dream nightly and had one other dream that comes close- this was back in 1986- I was seated in Jesus’ lap, very intimately but not sexually, just gazing into his eyes, loving on him. It was awesome. I had another dream close to the worship dream where I was in heaven , seeing the beautiful , I want to say castles that were to be our homes, the colors I cannot describe, and a beautiful but dark forest began to cover them up and I knew the enemy was there and I asked Jesus to stop him but he would not and I awoke afraid. I asked Steve about it and he told me it was because I was supposed to stop him- Jesus has given us the power, we just do not use it!! Sorry I went on too long! Love ya! Sing and dance on brother…. we gonna be doing it 4-ever!

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