Music…A Healing Tool

One woman leaned over and whispered to her husband, “I don’t like this new worship stuff. Where is God in that repetitious beat?”

A girl poked her friend sitting next to her. “Do we really have to listen to another old boring hymn?” They giggled until her parents shushed them.

Comments like these seem to be coming out of the woodwork and eating away at our churches like termites devouring aged wood. Why do we complain? Because the evil one knows God uses music to heal.

That’s what happened to me.

Music has always been a big part of my life. My father used to sing and play the guitar. My brother, sister, and I sang in the choir. We loved to “make a joyful noise.” (Well, let’s hope it was!)

When reality sank in that my husband was a homosexual and my marriage was over, music helped my healing process. Many times, I sat in my rocking chair with my stereo blaring. Tears poured down my cheeks as I swayed back and forth, letting the words soothe my soul.

God used the lyrics (and yes, sometimes even the beat) to speak to me. Comfort me. Heal me. It was like Jesus wrapped His arms around me and sang in my ear.

The one song that stood out during that time was “Jesus Will Still Be There,” by Point of Grace. Listen to the chorus:

Jesus will still be there

His love will never change

Sure as a steady rain

Jesus will still be there

When no one else is true

He’ll still be loving you

When it looks like you’ve lost it all

And you haven’t got a prayer

Jesus will still be there.

(Words and music by Robert Sterling and John Mandeville)

I sang that song at the top of my lungs, with my hands raised up, and tears streaming down my face. I knew Jesus was there.

I believe the old adage to be true—music does soothe the soul. I would also add it helps heal the heart.

Next time we feel like complaining about the music in our churches, we must remember that a song we don’t like could be healing someone else’s heart right at that particular moment!

 

Psalm 98:4 (KJV)

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.


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  3 comments for “Music…A Healing Tool

  1. susan steeves
    August 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Hey sissy,
    Love your picture!!! I appreciate how you wrote this, being involved with worship myself because the Lord does reach to the depth of our souls with music. Sometimes we need to be moved in a service and its takes that rhythm, beat, and lyrics to well up our souls. Love ya. Susan

  2. Murly
    August 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hey Red,
    “Heal the wound, but leave the scar…” It’s amazing that the Lord can use our pain to help and bless others in such a way. He’s wonderful, awesome and AMAZING all at the same time and especially when we need Him to be. I pray your story will encourage others as they make the journey with you. Keep pouring it on…!
    Love Mur (the third maker of the joyful noise) xoxoxo

  3. Julie Richmond
    August 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I LOVE that song, thank you for reminding me of that wonderful Point of Grace song. I think I need to try and get a hold of that song and listen to it again. I truly believe music is healing.

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