“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:23 NKJV
In music, there is something called an earworm, which is basically a catchy tune or melody that repeats in a person’s mind for a long time after the music has stopped.
According to research, there is a strong connection between music, memory retention, and behavioural patterns. Which leads us to some vital questions: what songs should be playing on repeat in your mind? And what effect do these songs have on you?
To answer these questions, you must first realise that music, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. The Bible tells us that even God sings, and also the angels too! (Zephaniah 3:17, Job 38:7).
It is reasonable to argue that listening to all genres of music is acceptable if the music is pleasurable. However, our anchor scripture makes it clear that even though all things are lawful, not all things are helpful or edifying.
So, because music is not bad doesn’t mean you should listen to all kinds of music. You need to watch what you listen to because the devil also inspires some people’s musical creativity.
The songs we listen to affect our thoughts, emotions, and actions. Some music can inspire crime, some good deeds, and even hormonal changes in the body. Yes, music is that powerful. So, if you will meditate on a song, let it be edifying, pure, and of good report (Philippians 4: 8).
You don’t even have to consciously listen to music for it to get stuck in your mind. Sounds can filter in when they play in the background, and sometimes all it takes is for you to hear a song once in passing.
This is why, as children of God, we need to make deliberate efforts to surround ourselves with music that grows and supports our relationship with Christ. This principle applies whether you are using music as a form of entertainment or as an instrument for worship.
Note that all gospel music is edifying, but not all edifying music is gospel music. The Holy Spirit can inspire believers to create other kinds of music, such as inspirational songs or even love songs.
We, therefore, ought not to despise Christians who do not particularly create gospel songs. They are also fundamental in the grand scheme of winning souls for Christ.
There is an abundance of wholesome and edifying songs on accessible streaming platforms. You should be intentional about listening to good music by curating a playlist, singing along with the choir in church, and praising God at all times.
Finally, apart from listening to edifying music, support platforms and creators who promote wholesome music. Pay to attend Christian concerts and worship with other believers. Like David always did, we must continually sing God’s praises!
Bible Reading Plan: 1 Samuel 9-11