Joyful Noise?

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Pray about what kind of music is honoring to God and what is displeasing to Him.

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98:4)

Everyone has his or her own opinion about what music is approved by God. Is some music bad?

Well, from a humanistic perspective, we know that children who have been raised hearing quality music—that’s music with good rhythm, harmony, and balance—will have more intelligence and be more well-rounded. It has been proven that music somehow affects brain development.

From a personal perspective, I love all music. I can listen to anything from the classics to country to 50s music, which is what I grew up on. I do not like hard rock or heavy metal; the music’s consistent beat agitates my spirit somehow.

As Christians, we can pray about what kind of music is honoring to God and what is displeasing to Him. As in all other areas of life, we must follow our convictions. What is all right for someone else may not be right for you. Pray about it.

“Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals” (Psalm 150:3-5).

Reread today’s Scripture verse.

Daily Scripture Reading:

Ezekiel 21-23

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