A Musical Influence

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We all love music, right? It’s a language that anyone and everyone can understand. It doesn’t matter if you’re German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Italian, it is all the same. Music is also very powerful. Certain sounds, melodies, words, even pitch can affect us.

Everyone I believe has the gift to make music. It doesn’t matter even if it is just “…A joyful noise unto the Lord,” if it is for the Lord, and the music is godly, it is all sweet and beautiful to Him.

They say experience is the best teacher so one day, my sister and I set out to try busking – that’s when you perform in a public place for donations of money. Now, playing music, especially out in an open place such as Main Street in Bundaberg can be pretty daunting, but trusting in the Lord that He would reward our efforts we bravely went ahead. The results were amazing. We began by playing classical musical pieces and gradually moved on to Christian ones. Some people would stop to listen and then would smile and pass on. Others would begin singing and one even tried conducting and still others would go off humming one of the songs that they happened to hear. But when we played songs like ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘La Via Dolorosa’, the people were really touched.

A lot of people brightened up, some even cried. It was such a rewarding experience. When we finished playing we felt that even though only one person smiled and thanked you for it you know that all your hard work was not in vain. But my point here isn’t “Go out and do busking” but really that music is a gift from God, and we should use it for His glory.

In heaven there is always music of praise, and since the “ancient” Bible days it has been a most essential part of worship. On the other hand, if music can work on your mind with such a powerful effect we must also be extremely careful of the kind of music we listen to. The music we listen to will help shape our character, either for the better or for the worse.

Music isn’t the only talent God has given us. It’s as if God tipped out a treasure chest full of talents on the world. By giving we are enriched and when we use those talents, the talents that we might not know we had, will be brought to light and God will give us even more talents if we use them for His cause. But giving what we have to give is what God wants.

So, how about it? Let’s dig out those rusty talents and let God give them a polish and with Him leading the way we can be sure of success.