Why Music Matters

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of music in ministry.  Here are a few reasons why music matters:

  1. Good music gets stuck in your head for days.  If the message of that song is good, it can have a serious impact on your mindset and what you focus your thoughts on for those days.  If the message of that song is garbage, then you figure out what impact that’ll have.
  2. Lyrics are memorable.  I’ve never started reciting a sermon I’ve heard or a book I’ve read when I’m in the dumps, but I have been lifted from many dark moments by songs (usually Hymns!) I learned a long time ago.
  3. Music expresses emotion in ways prose and spoken word cannot.  I believe God intended music to lift our emotions and keep us from being flat and boring, but He also intended it to actually convey something meaningful and valuable.  As my friend Kevin says, “To enhance the message.”

What else would you add to this list?

Here’s some good advice:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

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