The Apple Of God's Eye

February 23, 2009

What Constitutes Godly Music?

The arts nearly always reflect the culture and society from which they spring, and by nature tend to strengthen and stabilize trends. Studies into the psychological reactions of people to music have demonstrated its unusual power to stir the emotions. Music in the hands of a clever artist can evoke any desired emotional response. For example, motion picture producers are well aware of the power of music to command strong reactions in their audiences. If they want the movie-watcher to tremble in stark horror, they put suspenseful, trembling music behind the terrible scene.

The principles to follow in judgment are these: music should bring enjoyment, right emotional response, and should reflect good quality. Such characteristics bring honor and glory to GOD, and thereby characterize good music. Of course, even the finest music can be put to wrong uses, making it wrong, not of itself, but because of its wrong context.

If for any reason music detracts from the perfect way of life God has revealed for our good, then it is wrong, and should be avoided. I personally look forward to a renaissance of great music in Tomorrow’s World — because then the Creator of music will be in charge.

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