How Music Helps Us Meditate On Truth
One of the most counter-cultural things that we can do right now is to fix our minds on one idea for an extended period of time. It is too easy to get caught up in the constant cycle of news, information, tweets, and content that bombards us every day, effectively teaching our minds to not focus. This has led us to become an anxious society and it affects Christian and non-Christian alike. This inability to focus impacts Christians in a unique way, though, as those who are called to meditate on God’s word because our minds are being trained to not be able to dwell on one passage of Scripture for long. This is significant considering the Bible calls us to “love the Lord your God with all your…mind” (Luke 10:27), “meditate on God’s law day and night” (Psalm 1:2), and to “renew your mind” (Romans 12:2). If we are to fill our minds with God’s truth and let obedience to that truth shape our daily lives, then we must meditate on it, and to meditate we will need to focus for an extended period of time. One practical way of meditating on God’s truth comes through the aid of music.
Songs in Scripture
Music and songs have a large presence in the Bible. Exodus 15 contains one of the first songs in all of scripture as Moses was praising God and remembering the work He had done. In the book of Psalms there are songs of praise (Psalm 146), songs of ascents (Psalm 120-134), and songs of confession (Psalm 51), many of which were set to music as well. Another well known song, Mary’s Song (the Magnificat in Luke 1), was her reaction to hearing the news that she would give birth to the long-awaited perfect Savior. Why are there so many diverse types o