Read 2 Kings 3
Focus on verse 15
Elisha calls for a musician, and as the musician plays the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha. How interesting. Previously, in the book of Samuel, King Saul was soothed by the music of David when the evil spirit tormented him. There is something about music that moves a person’s emotions, perhaps even deeper than this. Words alone have significant power. Words set to music can touch the soul. Even music without words can have a powerful influence soothing a trouble king, or inspiring the Lord’s prophet.
Perhaps this is one of the underlying reasons why music is so often a source of conflict within church fellowships. Hymns vs. choruses, contemporary vs. traditional, instrumental vs. unaccompanied, the list could go on. Even secular music seems to have the power to influence people in some cases very negatively.
Lucifer, prior to being cast from God’s presence was apparently the chief musician in the heavenly realm. Perhaps this lends some credence to the notion that some very popular secular musicians have “sold their soul to the devil” in some way or another? It would seem that when Satan was cast from heaven the Lord did not deprive him of his musical skills and abilities.
We must never underestimate the power of music, and the potential that it has both for good and for evil. Music can be used by us to glorify the Lord in ways that we cannot do without it. Music can also be used for destructive purposes that cause people to do things they would ordinarily not do. How does music play a role in your life?