This probably isn’t what you expected your bulletin article to say this morning, is it? Did you know that if you can understand your family on the phone, then you are neither tone deaf nor incapable of rhythm, either? It’s true; on the phone, besides caller ID, the only cues you have as to someone’s identity are tone and cadence. In other words—tone (pitch) and rhythm (speed).
Even if you are one of the less than four percent globally who are afflicted by amusia (tone deafness) – you can still worship God in song! “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”(Psalm 1001-2)
Music affects us. It soothes the savage beast. Psychologists have repeatedly documented its power to change our moods. Violent music (in terms of both lyrics and style) markedly increase aggressive thoughts and feelings. David’s harp and song were the only respite King Saul could find when afflicted with a harmful spirit (1 Samuel 16:23). It’s no wonder that James said, “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise!” (James 5:13).
Good songs provide a sort of spiritual fuel for us. They bury themselves in our psyche. The easiest way to memorize is with a song. Did you ever notice that the longest chapter of the Bible is in the book of Psalms?
Let me challenge you this week to fill your hearts and minds with spiritual songs—and see their wisdom doesn’t overflow into your life.