Worship Teams - Power of Music

To say that music has power is not news. Everyone understands that. Who hasn't had their spirits lifted just by listening to a great CD? In fact, music can provoke a wide range of emotions including joy, anger, hatred, love, grief, sorrow and peace.

But what about its spiritual power? We've probably all heard that there's music to suicide to, music that incites lust, or music that encourages us to feel self-pity.

I'm not talking about that. I'm not talking about the negative stuff - and there's plenty of it. I'm more interested in what the Bible has to say about the power of music.

Probably the best example of the power of music in the Bible is found in 1 Samuel. Saul's rebellion had lost him God's favour and the Holy Spirit departed from him and God sent a distressing spirit instead. However, there was a solution and Saul's servants knew how to deal with the problem..

Put simply, the solution was music.

1 Samuel 16:14-16: But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him. And Saul's servants said to him, "Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you. Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp; and it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well."

The problem was solved.

1 Samuel 16:23 And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.

Music is very powerful, even when unaccompanied by lyrics. This is not to say that lyrics can't add something special. But music alone has the power to minister to the heart of the distressed and comfort the afflicted.

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