The Power Of Music For A Hurting Spirit

There are times in our lives when out hearts ache. Other times our hearts are anxious. Or maybe we’re having a crummy day.

Since I was a teen music has always been a tonic for me. When I was searching for meaning in a life marked with chaos I retreated into reading and later on into music. For those times I was whisked away to a place where I was free from the harsh realities of life.

After I listened to an album while absorbing the lyrics I would re-enter the world. Thus began my love affair with music.

In 1 Samuel 16 we read of the anointing of David by Samuel to lead Israel. God had rejected Saul and His spirit departed from him. After being anointed king David was summoned by Saul to play his harp to calm Saul as he was tormented by an evil spirit sent by God. Thus began a long and tortured relationship between David and Saul.

1Samuel 16:23  And it happened when the spirit from God was on Saul, that David took a harp and played with his hand. And there was relief for Saul, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him. 

Gill, in his commentary on 1 Samuel 16:16 states   “music being a means of cheering the spirits, and removing melancholy and gloomy apprehensions of things, and so of restoring to better health of body and disposition of mind; and that music has such an effect on the bodies and minds of men is certain from observation and experience in all ages.”

In my journey living with panic disorder for over twenty years I can’t count the number of times God has used music to calm my soul when I was overcome with anxiety. Don’t think for a second that you as a Christian are a Saul whom God has removed His spirit from.

When you are overcome with depression or anxiety God loves you as much in those times just as much as when you think you’re at your best. God’s love is unconditional fellow Christian!

Christmas season can be difficult for many. You may find yourself overcome with sadness or grief. I’ve been there. I’ve been in that place I felt God had left me. So I will and have often turned to music to calm my soul. At times read through the promises of God. Know He has not excluded you from His promises. It’s been a long journey that is still ongoing for that to sink into me to the point I believe it 100%.

John 3:16,17 is a reminder of the love God has for us. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The reason that for years I have shared music once a week is it can be a balm for the soul. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites. God bless and keep you. Allan

Streams In The Desert: December 3rd, 2016

Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well (2 Kings 4:26).

Be strong, my soul!
Thy loved ones go
Within the veil.
God’s thine, e’en so;
Be strong.
Be strong, my soul!
Death looms in view.
Lo, here thy God!
He’ll bear thee through;
Be strong.

For sixty-two years and five months I had a beloved wife, and now, in my ninety-second year I am left alone. But I turn to the ever present Jesus, as I walk up and down in my room, and say, “Lord Jesus, I am alone, and yet not alone–Thou art with me, Thou art my Friend. Now, Lord, comfort me, strengthen me, give to Thy poor servant everything Thou seest he needs.”

And we should not be satisfied till we are brought to this, that we know the Lord Jesus Christ experimentally, habitually to be our Friend: at all times, and under all circumstances, ready to prove Himself to be our Friend.
–George Mueller

Afflictions cannot injure when blended with submission.

Ice breaks many a branch, and so I see a great many persons bowed down and crushed by their afflictions. But now and then I meet one that sings in affliction, and then I thank God for my own sake as well as his. There is no such sweet singing as a song in the night. You recollect the story of the woman who, when her only child died, in rapture looking up, as with the face of an angel, said, “I give you joy, my darling.” That single sentence has gone with me years and years down through my life, quickening and comforting me.
–Henry Ward Beecher

E’en for the dead I will not bind my soul to grief;
Death cannot long divide.
For is it not as though the rose that climbed my garden wall
Has blossomed on the other, side?
Death doth hide,
But not divide;
Thou art but on Christ’s other side!
Thou art with Christ, and Christ with me;
In Christ united still are we.