“But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him.’” 2 Kings 3:15
Elisha had come to realize that he was able to respond to the Spirit of God best when his mind and spirit were at rest. The hush and calm of his soul was important. He knew that he could not create or control the sovereign Spirit of God, but he could discipline and position himself in a receptive way so as to hear the divine, heavenly voice.
The cacophony of sounds crashing in on Elisha were many. He was encamped in the chaotic surroundings of three nations facing the likelihood of war, while perishing for thirst in the midst of a drought. Emotional and physical pain and frustration ran high. Inwardly, as a faithful prophet of the Lord, he no doubt wrestled with anxiety and depression, seeing the troubled, confusing state of his people.
As with the prophet, we, too, face more than enough heart-breaking hindrances. In a spiritually parched land, with a myriad of competing voices clamouring for our time, how can we settle our minds and calm our spirits, in order to hear the healing voice of our God? Elisha’s example of using God’s gift of music is no small help; and God has so wonderfully blessed us with an array of styles and genres musically!
Recently, in searching Apple’s iTunes library, I was delighted to discover that there are actually albums that have been produced with the prayer closet in mind. I’ve especially been helped in prayerful meditation and sermon preparation by an album from Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier ministry. It’s by Larry Hall, entitled, Songs for the Prayer Closet [iTunes].
Regarding the power of music, the Reformer, Martin Luther said, “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”
In preparing oneself for meaningful prayer, meditating upon God’s word is foremost. To walk worshipfully out in his beautiful creation, is also helpful. Securing a faithful prayer partner, and making every effort to gather in holy worship with fellow lovers of Christ, will rightly direct us to the Most High as well. Yet, how sweet is the soulful therapy of music.
Along with Elisha, upon melodious wings may our souls take flight high above the tumultuous camp, leaving behind the distracting dissonance of a broken world, so as to hear the soothing, life-giving voice of the Lord.
Thanks for meandering along with me,