Music for the Soul

I am blessed to be in a home filled with music. Several times a week I am front row to Michelle’s violin and piano students as they work on their various pieces. If it’s not lessons, I get to hear the boys – Josh, Zach, and Micah, along with Caleb Hustedde – practicing their quartet harmonies. But my favorite is sitting on our living room couch while one of the kids is practicing piano or violin. It quiets my mind. It soothes my soul.

This brings to mind King Saul and an account in 1 Samuel 16. God’s anointing had departed Saul and, unbeknownst to this first king of Israel, God had already anointed Saul’s replacement, a young shepherd boy named David. We read…

And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.” And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him. (1 Samuel 16:21-23)

If King Saul only knew he was welcoming into his court the very one who would replace him! God used David to minister to this troubled king. How? Through music. When David played the lyre, Saul was refreshed and well again.

We may not be tormented with harmful spirits from God, but we do face trials and tribulations that wage war against our soul. We can become weary or maybe even discouraged at times. Allow the power of music to bring refeshment. Tune in to your favorite Christian radio station for edifying music, or sit on your living room couch while your kids sing or practice their instruments.

Music is a wonderful and refreshing gift from the Lord! Heaven will be filled with it! And as we journey through life, may our hearts to be filled with it as well.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)