Monday, April 23, 2012

Is there a fiddle on board?

Even though there wasn't much idle time aboard a ship, when the sailors did have a few moments to themselves, there really wasn't much to do. They could play cards, write letters to loved ones back home (If they knew how to write), gamble, or whittle wood. But one of their favorite things to do was sing and dance. There was always someone on board who could play an instrument so  the crew would often get together in the evening and sailors would bring out their fiddles or harmonicas and the party would begin!  

There is power in music. Have you ever been really depressed and turned on a beautiful song and instantly been cheered? Or have you ever turned on some music with a nice beat and jumped up and started dancing? I have! Do some songs bring you to tears? Can you imagine watching a movie without the wonderful scores in the background? I bet your experience would be completely different.  I use music to create a certain mood while I'm writing, depending on whether it is a stressful, romantic, or adventurous scene!  

And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you.  But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.2 Kings 3:14-15

Elisha had been asked to bless a military venture by Jehoram and Jehoshaphat against Moab. Jehoram was a bad king and Jehoshaphat followed the Lord. But what I find interesting is that Elisha asked for music to be played before he answered the men. And as soon as the music was played the hand of the Lord came upon him and he told them what to do. The rest of the story is really cool. I encourage you to look it up.

Anyway, then I remembered how HUGE a roll the musicians played (no pun intended) in Israel's temple and in their worship of God. Every time the Ark was moved, it was moved with Musicians. 

So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams’ horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. 1 Chron 15:28

Musicians were very important because they were in charge of worship. To us, we may shrug and say big deal, but it was a big deal because music accompanied by worship had the power to bring down the presence of God. 

The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud, 2 Chron 5:13

And who can forget the story of Joshua and his army marching around Jericho with trumpets until the walls fell down?

And do you remember how King Saul, who had an evil spirit tormenting him, would be soothed and the spirit would leave whenever David played the lyre? 

Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. 1 Samuel 16:23  

So what is my point? It's twofold

Be careful what you listen to. Since music has power, if you listen to music that's dark and whose lyrics are negative and talk about ungodly things, then don't be surprised if you don't feel the oppression of the enemy. 

Feel depressed, low, had a bad week? Feel as though the enemy is on your tail?  Try turning on some heavy duty praise music and fill your house, fill your car, fill your mind with worship!


  1. This post rocked :) :) I totally agree about what you said about music. I found a cable station on my aunt's tv that just plays Christian music all the time. So when I want music in the house, which is almost all the time now, I'll play that :) :) It really does set the tone in the house when we literally fill it with His praises :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :) :)

  2. Mon Apr 23rd,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    What an excellent post !!! Yes, what we listen to is SO extremely important ... it can surely sway us one way ... or, the other.
    Along with the verses you shared, I am reminded of Psalms 150, verses 1- 6 ... which our Church often receites in unison 'before' a Service even begins. It definitely opens the door to -- Worshipping and Praising our Lord !!!
    I do not play an instrument ... but I love to listen to the various instruments and music being played; and of course, the words to the songs ... most uplifting.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  3. YES, yes, yes! Thank you MaryLu! I love this post. I agree wholeheartedly, and know from personal experience the power of music. Music does have the power to encourage, enable, and break down strongholds. I know it to be true! And yes, on the flip side, it can be used to destroy as well.
    May our hearts always have a longing to "sing praise, sing praise". May our music glorify the song-master! I believe that somewhere in 2 Chron. it talks about the musicians being sent out, ahead of the army to face a battle ... the "battle belongs to the Lord" comes from that one. (Another good story.)
    I woke up this morning with a song in my heart: "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever." :) Love it!

  4. Do you listen to music as you write? That would be interesting-then your books would have a soundtrack. :)

    I love listening to Christian music-even on t.v. The Daystar channel has a program called "reflections" where it plays some hymms. and a lot of original pieces from different christian composers while showing some videos of nature. Very pretty,and very cool!

  5. So true, Heather! Glad you are rocking out with Jesus!

    Morning Brenda! I don't play an instrument nor can I sing well, but I don't let that stop me from worshiping my King. That's a great Psalm to sing too!

    Caroline, I remembered that story and tried to find it.. the one where they sent the musicians out before the army and they defeated the enemy.. couldn't find it.. will look in 2 Chron. It's a fabulous story!

    Eszter, During the first phase of my writing, yes, I always have music on. Usually it's the soundtrack from a movie.. very dramatic and empowering..
    that Daystar channel sounds great!

  6. Okay, I had to find it ... 2 Chron. 20:13-22. Verse 15 mentions "Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's." Verse 21 - the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord. Guess what they sang? "Give thanks to the Lord, his faithful love endures forever!" And at that moment they began to sing, God caused the enemy armies to turn against each other. Battle done. God wins. Yay! Music and praising God ... How great is our God! :)

  7. Thank you, Caroline! I kept searching for worship and army and defeat and trumpets.. but couldn't find it. This is such a fabulous story! They were singing a worship song! The next time I feel like I"m being attacked, I'm trying this. :-) Thanks so much for looking it up.

  8. I definitely know what you mean. I love music. Whenever I'm driving I need to have music on, and I love movie soundtracks. And musicals! Even if the songs are cheesy, it's exciting to see people break out in song and dance in the middle of a scene lol.
    And I definitely agree with music affecting you in a bad way, too. One year I was working at a retail store during the holiday season, and the night before Thanksgiving we all had to stay really late to set up for black friday. Well, the manager turned on her own music, blasting through the store's speakers, and it was HORRIBLE! I mean, this was literally the worst music I had ever heard. It really wansn't music at all. It was like hardcore rap and screamo. You could literally feel the evil there, and there was nothing I could do about it. I even said I didn't like it, and she apologized but kept playing it! :/

  9. Yes.. Sarah.. I agree. I've heard music like you are describing. It's just screaming with a beat and the lyrics are violent and twisted. It makes my spirit fell yucky. :-( Probably the kind of music they play in hell.

  10. That last part made me laugh, although you're probably right.