The wonderful wholesome things that we enjoy in this world are gifts from God. Music is one of the greatest of all. At the beginning of time in Genesis 4, a man named Jubal, the father of the musical instrument, was born and his name means “ram’s horn” (a musical instrument). Music was originally intended as a means of worshiping God. Over time the evil one has twisted this gift into a tool promoting sins. The devil’s most popular themes being drugs, money, and lust. In between these two extremes, there is a medium of music that is neutral. Some examples would be classical music without lyrics, songs about life in general, and anything else positive that isn’t directly meant to worship God. There are effects on your soul based on what type of music you listen to.
To elaborate on positives and negatives, I’ll start with Christian/gospel music first. This music blesses you in a dynamic way. When you’re feeling down or stressed, praising God can lift your spirits and make you feel better. From a health standpoint, there is a new supplemental treatment to many diseases called music therapy. Energy Times magazine cited research published in two medical journals concerning mood. The journals stated that “People undergoing cardiac procedures enjoy improved mood and see drops in blood pressure and respiratory rates after listening to music. Also, neophyte music makers have shown improved immune responses.” More examples are found from sources used by godsaidmansaid.com. In a 1999 article titled “Sound Advice” in Better Homes and Gardens, these following excerpts were found:
In hospitals, anxious patients often have elevated blood pressure, heartbeat, and respiratory rates, placing them at greater risk for complications. Dr. Fred Schwartz, an anesthesiologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, says that for an anxious patient, music can have as comparable an effect as taking five milligrams of Valium. When music plays in his operating room, Dr. Schwartz says anesthesia requirements drop from 10 to 20 percent.
Large numbers of doctors began hearing about music’s measurable effect on hospital patients in 1986 when Jayne Standley, Ph.D., chair of the music therapy program at Florida State University, published a study in the Journal of Music Therapy. The study found the following:* Premature babies in intensive care who were exposed to music were calmer and used oxygen more efficiently. The babies also gained weight faster and required shorter periods of hospitalization than babies who didn’t listen to music. Burn victims, and patients undergoing treatment for cancer, brain disorders, and kidney dialysis reported less discomfort when music was played during painful procedures. Patients who awoke to music playing after surgery required less pain medication and could wait longer for their analgesic medications than other patients.
These are great examples among countless others about physical effects. Now I’d like to cite a very famous example about the effects on the soul. The first king of Israel had been disobedient to God and was feeling the guilt of it, but the power of music helped him regain composure and happiness. In 1 Samuel 16:23:
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
We see the benefits of uplifting music that produces joy in our lives. On the other hand, here are some thoughts to ponder about negative music. Think of this example: The music of the Lord has the power to alter spiritual composition. Also note that evil music has the opposite effect. For example, carnal musical concerts, especially those directed toward the 15 to 30- year-old age group, have major security concerns. Police are brought in to attempt to control the violence, alcohol, and illicit drugs. At a gospel concert you’ll typically only need police to help direct traffic. To be clear, not every person going to a secular concert participates in criminal or suggestive behavior. However, every person’s head is being filled with ideas that attempt to become idols superseding God’s rightful place as the number one focus of our lives. Thinking about a boy or girl you like or spending time with them is perfectly normal, but moderation is key. Money and the pursuit of wealth isn’t a bad thing but when songs promote that life is all about money, there’s an imbalance. I have listened to secular music for a very long time, mainly rap. It’s very catchy and popular most of the time when it’s not too vulgar. If it doesn’t affect you in a negative way then I’m glad, but it could someday. Over time I’ve grown less fond of it and I more often listen to Christian music than not. This isn’t a criticism of people that listen to secular music but merely a warning and a suggestion for something better.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.