How do we determine what kind of music is acceptable to God?

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Music plays a very important role in the Christian’s life. God gave man the ability to create it and enjoy it “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery” (Psalm 81:1,2).

But there is a right and a wrong type of music evidenced by the fruits or results it produces in the listeners. So, how do we determine what is acceptable before God? In order to do that, we need to examine if the rhythm, harmony, melody and lyrics of the music would produce a godly effect. If the music is good, then it will be uplifting drawing the person to goodness (Matthew 7:20). Godly music will not produce love to the world. Instead, it will produce a love to God and His Word.

The development of Christian character requires right thinking. Paul outlines a constructive program of mental activity that can be used for choosing the right kind of music “brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). The right kind of music will refine the thinking and produce a Christ like character in the life of its listeners.

Good music will help us meditate on God’s Law (Psalm 119:48b); dwell on what is true (Philippians 4:8); and even pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Finally, a simple test for any selection of melody is: Would we be comfortable listening to it if Jesus Christ was with us? If the answer is no, then we need to replace this music with something that Jesus would listen to. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you choose the right music to listen to.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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