What does music to a Christian? Throughout the world, there are all types of music styles and preferences. There are many people who love music. But what does music mean to a believer of Jesus Christ?
Psalm 69:30-31 “I will praise God’s name in song”
Our praises are received more preciously than even the greatest Old Testament offering. For the Israelites, they offered three types of offerings: a dove, a lamb, and a cow (heifer). If you didn’t have a cow, then you would offer a lamb, and if you don’t have a lamb offering, then you sacrifice a dove. So it says that more than the best offering you could give, the offering of praise is regarded as more precious. Our praises are the fragrant offerings given to the Lord.
In Isaiah 40, it says “Comfort, comfort my people.”
Secondly, music has the power to comfort and heal others. In 1Samuel 16:23, it is the scene where the music from David’s harp would bring relief to King Saul, and the evil spirit would leave him. In today’s era, we know that music is effective in therapy. Beyond physical healing, music can bring healing to our hearts. When in despair or hurt, music can lift our souls from the depths of the pit. Music can bring hope to its listeners when even words can’t.
Exodus 15:19-21 “The Lord is my song, he has become my salvation”
Most importantly, music is a way for us to rejoice in our salvation. When the Israelites went through the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army was drowned, that event was their salvation from 500 years in slavery. In receiving salvation, the whole Israelite nation sang and danced to rejoice in their salvation. A little more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross so that we may be set free from our sin and be given new life. The event of the cross and resurrection is our reason why we sing, as it was the reason why the Israelites sang and danced at the Red Sea. With music, Christians can rejoice in our God, who has become our salvation.