Is there a spiritual force behind Christian music? Can we feel the presence of God when listening to Christian music ? Can we connect with God in a meaningful, deeper level when listening to Christian music? Absolutely! Music is kind of like Velcro; it is a means of connectivity between us and God. It makes a connection between believers also. Let’s look and see how powerful music is.
Music is an anthem which all believers shout and sing together in the church and other various functions. Some of the earliest examples are found in Exodus 15:1-18. As soon as Moses  and Israel crossed the Red Sea and God had destroyed the Egyptians, they sang a song to God. They were unified through this song as they all sang the words together. In verse 2 of this chapter they sang, “The Lord is my strength and my Song, and He has become my salvation.” Sunday morning in church is a wonderful time where we can sing our hearts out to God with arms raised in praise of His almighty name. The unity of the body of Christ is powerful when singing in unison to God. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Reflection of the Warfare of our Souls
I am very drawn towards the rock/heavy metal side of Christian music. These bands take their mission seriously about reaching the lost souls out there. Here are a few examples:
War of Ages
I love this band. They are completely dedicated to Christ. Their song “Redeemer” is a calling from Christ asking us, “Arise, will you remember me?” It also shows the reality of how frail we can be with lines like, “Renew my strength. I held it in, waiting for you Lord. I’ve fallen asleep hoping death will give me rest. The loneliness without You holds me in.”
As I Lay Dying
This band is out on the front lines fighting for issues like abortion . In their song, “Condemned”, they talk about this issue from the baby in the womb. The chorus says, “Condemned. Condemned to anonymity. Trapped by obscurity. Condemned. Condemned to anonymity. Sentenced to neglect.” The first verse says, “Condemned. Without given a chance to speak. Without acknowledgment they’re made less than human.” This song really hits me hard because I have always been one to root for the underdog. These poor babies have no voice. Unless we stand up for them, they have no one.
They have an epic song called “Devastator” where they sing about Christ coming back and defeating Hell once and for all. Goodbye Satan!!! The first lines of the song are not the words of Christ from the Bible, but they completely agree with the Bible. “Hell, fear me. I am the one that will bring you down and when you fall, feel me. You’ll see my face on the battleground!” I get excited every time I hear this song. The singer also sings about what we will feel when Christ devastates Hell. He says, “Let my name be feared at the gates of Hell, as I exalt the Savior, the One that died to buy my victory and gave me a new name!”
Music shows the Father’s Love for us
There are many songs out there that showcase God’s love for us. “Disciple” is a band that has touched my heart deeply with a song called, “After the World is no More.” The first verse ends with God asking, “Was I there when the rains were flooding you off of your feet? Those were My tears falling down for you.” Then in the chorus God says, “I’m the One that you’ve been looking for. I’m the One that you’ve been waiting for. I’ve had My eyes on you ever since you were born. I will love you after the rain falls down. I will love you after the sun goes out. I’ll have My eyes on you after the world is no more.” I have never made it through this song without a few tears, which is why I have chosen it as the video below for you to watch. Our God is so good!
Music is an awesome way for us to experience God and to keep focused on the important things of life , the things that God cares about. If you have any songs that have impacted you, please feel free to share. It isn’t the style of music that is important, but the content in it. God will always be praised as long as the lyrics reflect on Godly principles. God Bless!!
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV)
YouTube video: “After the World” by Disciple