Music is all around us! Everywhere you go, whether you notice it or not, music is usually either on display as the focal point of an event or playing in the background at a restaurant. There is all different kinds of music! From slow and soothing country music, to the harder forms of rock and roll. And if you take time to stop and look around, people’s lives are often molded around the music they listen to. Friends tend to hang out with others simply based on the type of music they prefer. You can usually look at someone’s life and get a pretty good idea what kind of music they listen to. The music you listen to defines you! (Ex: You don’t see too many cowboys listening to punk rock music, or emo teenagers listening to classical music) One thing is for sure, music is deeply embedded into our society… so, what’s the purpose of music?
In order to know the purpose of music, we must first know where it comes from.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” (Colossians 1:16)
The Bible very clearly says that all things are created by God. Not only was music created by God, but it was created for God! Music was created to glorify God for He is worthy of our praise! There are many ways that we can bring honor and glory to God. We can decided to live our lives right and keep ourselves pure. We can do our part in going out soul-winning and telling others about him. But we can also sing out songs of praise for God Almighty!
But beware! God isn’t the only one interested in music! You can be sure, that anything that God has for himself, the devil has his counterfeit versions to confuse people away from it’s true intent. (Ex: God has His church and the devil has his churches… same with the Bible, the gospel, music, etc.) But does the devil really know much about music?
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” (Ezekiel 28:12-15)
The devil knows all about music! These verses talk about Satan’s creation and fall. In verse 13, it says that the “workmanship of his tabrets and of thy pipes” were prepared in him from the day his was created! We don’t know a ton about Satan’s appearance, but we do know that he had instruments built into his body according to these verses! God creates everything for a reason… He clearly created Lucifer for music! He is the only being mentioned in the whole Bible to have instruments built into himself. It is safe to say that the devil knows everything about music!
Don’t forget! Before Satan was kicked out of heaven, he must have been a fairly high ranking angel. Michael the archangel wanted nothing to do with him in the book of Jude (assuming that Satan was higher than Michael during his time in heaven). He had to be fairly close to God in position and popularity in heaven, because that’s the only way he could have convinced one-third of the angels to rebel against the Almighty God!
All I’m trying to say is that the devil knows all about music. People tend to always talk about things that Satan is good at such as pornography, immorality, lying, cheating, bad attitudes… but not many people talk about his use of music! I feel that music is the devil’s strongest weapon… and most Christians don’t even think twice about what they are listening to!
“Show me the music someone listens to and I will show you’re their heart.”
Clean up your music and only listen to music that glorifies God!
(My next post will be about The Problems with Contemporary Christian Music)