The Ministry of Music

There are a lot of powerful forces in our lives; one of those is music. I am so thankful for ears to be able to listen to beautiful songs whether they be instrumentals or vocals. It encourages my heart so much.

Yesterday I heard a new recording of old hymns. One of those songs was “Safe Am I.” I sang that song as a child and have always loved it. In case you’re not familiar with it the words are,

Safe am I,
Safe am I,
In the hollow of His hand;
Sheltered o’er, sheltered o’er
With His love forever more
No ill can harm me,
No foe alarm me,
For He keeps both day and night,
Safe am I,
Safe am I,
In the hollow of His hand.
As I listened to that song play yesterday it ministered to my heart, reminding me again of God’s love and protection over me. I thought about how King Saul’s servants told him he should get a cunning musician to come and play music for him so that his troubled spirit would be soothed. They knew what good music would do for a soul that was in distress.
Many years ago I remember my husband going through a difficult time. I felt so helpless in my efforts to comfort him. Nothing I said encouraged him. Then the Lord brought the thought of music to my mind. I went and got the CD player and brought it to the room he was in. I turned on some music that would minister to his heart. It wasn’t long before the Lord had used that CD to strengthen him and his heart was lifted.
Music that reminds us of the Truth about our God and His Word is a balm that you can’t buy in a pill bottle. It is truly good medicine for a troubled spirit. I trust that hearing “He Loves Me” play while you’ve read this blog has reminded you again of God’s everlasting love for you! Music isn’t a replacement for God’s Word, but while we go through our devotions, as we spend time praying, working about the house or driving music can minister and encourage us. It is good refreshment. What a precious gift from our loving God.

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