The question is asked: “Does the Bible say anything about music affecting our behavior?”
Our behavior is affected by our heart. Jesus said: “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies …” Out of our thought life proceeds our actions.
Music affects our thought life. It not only puts thoughts in our minds but moves us to action. In I Samuel 16, we read of the downward spiral of King Saul, as the Spirit of God left him and an evil spirit came upon him. David was sought to play the harp. We read “and it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand. So Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him” (I Samuel 16:14-16;16,23).
Notice the effects the music had on Saul, He was refreshed. He was physically relieved. The music enabled him to relax. He was happier, more cheerful, joyful and satisfied. His peace of mind seems to have been restored.
It is interesting that Psalms is the longest book of the Bible. It made up the Jewish song book and God placed it in the center of the Bible. Those Psalms focus on God and victory over evil. The well known 23rd Psalm says: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. …He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. …”
We read in Psalms about the “new song” the Lord gives his people. This specifically is a new song of a different kind. A different kind of song than for a person who knows Christ as Savior–not a song of the same kind as before becoming a believer.
The January 2013 Readers Digest gives the story of Justin Barber, who murdered his wife. “An hour before the fatal outing, he downloaded the Guns N’ Roses song ‘Used to Love Her (But I Had to Kill Her).’ ” In court it was brought out that Justin’s music contributed to his murdering his wife.
Today we hear much about gun control. More important would be “music control.” People today, especially young people (and very young) idolize “singers” whose “music” sets forth nothing about good living, about God’s ways. And parents feel they have to take their kids to all these so-called concerts. It has been said that as the music goes, so goes a person’s beliefs. And beliefs result in a person’s actions.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75th St. North, Stillwater MN 55082, 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net