Good morning Friend,
I trust you had an exciting weekend. Last week, we visited one of the past articles; Love Missionaries and the feedback from that article shows there is a lot to glean from it. I implore you to visit it if you haven’t.
Today by God’s Grace, we continue on our series on the Book of Daniel as we consider what I call “Spirit Carriers”. King Nebuchadnezzar had set up an image for the people to bow to and worship, but something noteworthy happened thereafter. A herald made a clarion call to all the people, here are his words;
Daniel 3:4 (KJV) Then a herald cried aloud, to you is commanded O people, nations and languages, 5. That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the King hath set up…
… And then of course, the threat ensued after that.
Why was there an introduction of music into the protocol of worship here? Why couldn’t they just go ahead, bow to the image and move on with their lives without having music as the under-girding influence? Why was it so important for there to be music before the people bowed to the image?
I have a few interesting thoughts to share with you about music;
1. Music has more power than it is given credit for: Music brings its listeners under an influence that those not within the hearing distance could be under. The quickest moderator of human emotions and moods is music. Yes, words can change the atmosphere of a place but music will do a faster job. Music is so inherently powerful, that those who discount its power, do so at their own peril. How could God use only the chords from David’s harp to drive out evil spirits from a tormented king? Even without lyrics, just chords!
Music has the strange ability to get into the inner chambers of your soul without your permission. Truth is, some moments in your life could never have been survived if you didn’t have some “haven” in form of music to run to every time you feel the burden of the whole world coming crashing down on you.
I will never forget a season in my life when I desperately needed answers to some life questions, “Believe” by Hillsong was the song that literally saw me through that season. I played every ounce of anointing out of that song! Thank God for great, anointed and inspired songs of worship, they keep us turned on for the Lord.
It is in the same vein that anointed songs carry the very presence God capable of casting out demons and altering atmospheres, that some perverse songs carry the nature of its source, capable of numbing sensitivities.
The music played in Babylon was inspired by the spirit that dominated the entire city, once that music was played, the people sort of came under the influence of the spirit of the music and did its bidding. Believers need to be more careful the kind of music we expose ourselves to. This may sound a bit too serious, but I believe with all my heart that this is the disposition of God towards ungodly songs that carry the spirit of greed, lust, hasty ambition, drugs, etc.
There are songs that are not necessarily gospel centric but aren’t demonic in the sense that I am describing it. They are safe for consumption because they do not transmit negative vibes or promote the enemy’s agenda. We need to be careful to perceive accurately the spirit of every song we expose ourselves to.
This is on a lighter note; I once heard a particular song by a popular Nigerian Artist who I used to really like (still kinda like him though), I had already gotten into the groove before I realized the “implication” of my actions, so guess the ridiculous thing I did? I replaced the key mantra of the song with “justification” and in my mind, I thought I had gotten the song “converted” to a saved song … Smiles.
2. Music is the dominant reality in heaven and the biggest strength of hell’s boss: Music happens in heaven every single passing moment. It is that deep! That is one very profound way of connecting with God in a special way. God encourages us to sing and make melodies in our hearts unto Him because music indeed ministers to God in a special way.
Sometimes, when God wants to change a season of your life, he brings a song into your experience or even drops a brand-new song into your spirit. If you’re one used to mingling with all kinds of spiritual sources of music, you wouldn’t discern when a heavenly tune comes into your heart.
In the same way, the devil’s biggest talent is his musical gift, and before he puts you where he wants you, he will make you get so comfortable with his music.
Yes, we live in a very music inundated environment where one literally has to be deaf in order to be immune from the influence of urban music, but we can create our own atmospheres for miracles, spiritual growth, edification and stability in our houses, cars, and phones by the kind of music we permit around us.
I hope this enlightened you friend.
God bless your heart.