Music is a bridge that creates a connection between people; who may not otherwise have any thing in common. That’s powerful!
So where did this power tool originate? What was its original purpose? Are we still being true to that today?
“Music is likely to have been present in the ancestral population prior to the dispersal of humans in the world. Consequently music may have been in existence for at least 50,000 years and the first music may have been invented in Africa, and then evolved to become a fundamental constituent of human life.”
(Wallin, NilsLennart; Steven Brown, Bjorn Merker. The Origins of Music, 2001).
From the prehistoric era, to the ancient era, to the biblical period of music, it is indisputable that music is the backdrop to our lives. It is influenced by social, economic, and personal climates. Not to mention, music has changed as a result of technology and our access to it.
Whether we listen to baroque music, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, country, gospel, R&B, dance, hip-hop or EDM; we cannot deny that music plays a supporting role in each of our lives.
But what was the original role of music? If we take a look at the biblical period, its role is clear and quite simple. Depending on your age, it may surprise you or it may not.
God created music with several specific purposes in mind; all of which were positive in nature. God is genius enough to recognize that music can affect emotions; either positively or negatively. Since He is all good, His intention was for music to uplift the spirit.
“..they all played as one, to make one sound.” (Chronicles 5:12-1). Musicians played together in harmony. The result was uplifting due to the unison and harmony.
Angels “shouted for joy and sang together, “ in unison. (Job 38:7). The angels understood that God’s purpose for music was to express awe, joy and gratitude. Throughout the Bible, music was performed in harmony, with a positive purpose in mind.
Another purpose of music is to teach some truth that will help to guide us in life. It is meant to have a calming effect and to be helpful in relaxation. Not to metntion; to celebrate and honour. All verbal activity (including singing), was designed to manifest who God is, and change our hearts; so that we are happy.
“S ing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” (Psalm 33:3).
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” (Psalm 95:2).
“Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders”. (Psalm 105:2)
Examine the music in your own life. What kind of emotional response do you experience from the music you listen to—is it positive or negative? Is it inspiring you to move ahead? Only you can decide.