Life is not always motivating. What do you do when you see the negatives of life more abundant than the positives?
This happened to me. What did I do? I resorted to one thing that keeps me motivated – music.
Since childhood, music has been part of my life. Every morning, praises and hymns from our father’s cassette tapes were our alarm clock. Every night, our family altar starts with singing. My parents were musicians and so all four of us became musical instrument players and music lovers.
Why is music so important in my life? I find these three reasons worth sharing.
Music Redirects Our Minds to The Truth of God’s Goodness
Music has a special effect in our mental make up. There are studies telling us the different effects of rock and classical music on how we think. Our brain is greatly affected by the music that we listen to.
As Christians, we want our mind to always be directed towards God. When worries, heartaches, troubles, and pains enter into our life, we become so focused on these things that we mentally remove our sight from Him.
One thing that can lead us back to Him is His music!
When life points you to the worst it can offer, let godly music redirect your attention to God’s goodness.
Here’s one song that has been a constant reminder to me of how awesome God’s goodness is.
After doing a little research on this song, I discovered that its tune was composed by Jonathan Hamilton, son of Ron and Shelley Hamilton, and the words were written by Chris Anderson as a memorial after Jonathan’s death by suicide on May 2013.
Ironic? How can a preacher’s kid, a great musician and faithful Christian commit such a horrible act of ending his own life?
The Hamilton’s church family has a good answer to this question:
When a believer attempts or commits suicide, he accepts as truth the same lie that a non-believer accepts. In many The Lie brewed for months or even years culminating in that one final act. To overcome the act, one must overcome The Lie. Our task is to help them overcome The Lie. It is not easy, but it is possible.
Yes, a born again Christian does go to heaven even if he dies at his own hands. There is nothing in the Scriptures that teaches that God’s wrath remains on a man if he commits suicide. In fact, Romans 8:38 affirms that no death of any kind can separate a believer from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. – First Calvary Baptist Church, USA
Any believer can be drawn away from God to the point of being tempted to commit sins. We cannot be too proud of how spiritual we are, that we don’t need a constant reminder of how good God is. Actually, pride gets in the way of seeing God’s goodness. This song which Jonathan composed but was first sung during his funeral may not have impacted him while he was alive, but is so powerful now that he is joining the angels in praising God in heaven.
God is good, come life or death. Let not this truth be drowned by whatever life has given you at this moment.
Music Restores Our Hearts to The Joy of God’s Salvation
David, the great psalmist, knew the influence music has to a broken heart. In one of his most emotional psalms, he prayed “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:12
Just like David, sin can break our hearts, but God can create a new one and restore the joy that can only be supplied and sustained by Him.
Here’s one good song that illustrates this.
Like his son Jonathan, Ron Hamilton wrote this song after a cancer caused him to lose his left eye. Instead of being discouraged, he took hold of God’s command to “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4. His eye patch has become a blessing instead of a curse as he used this as instrument of sharing his music especially to children through the ministry of Patch the Pirate.
As long as we are alive, we will experience sadness. But we can always decide to be joyful in the Lord and to rejoice evermore. Remember that sadness may come in our way as blessings or joys in disguise.
Music Revives Our Souls to The Power of God’s Faithfulness
Similar to how a defibrillator gives electric shock to revive a failing heart, God uses music to empower the flickering faith in us.
During the most trying times in my life, the song featured below has been an encouragement to me. When everything else fails, Jesus is the answer. When nobody else offers hope, Jesus is the answer.
Music can also become God’s instrument to convict us.
Has it ever happened to you when you were tempted to focus on sinful thoughts or to decide on ungodly matters when suddenly a Christian song rings in the air and your thoughts and your heart started to melt away with the song, then you just sigh, “Thank You, Lord.”
When the world’s answers to your deepest longings are unsatisfying, why not seek response from the One Who knows everything?