Saturday, November 3, 2012

Music Therapy for the Soul

Lately, I have been in the thick of it with some young people who are having real problems.  I have started studying what they are listening to and how that I can minister to them with good Christian songs. A song can speak to your spirit, it can address a problem with scripture and help you feel those things that are inside of you in a healthy or unhealthy way if it is not God honouring. One thing that I noticed this morning was that most of the modern day music that young people are drawn to doesn't lift up the Lord. It isn't joyful. There is some that is really pretty or artful or even bouncy for lack of a better word.  The problem I saw and felt in my heart is that the music they are listening to keeps them down and offers no help. It lets them feel their pain and leaves them there in it to wallow. God has the answer as always to every problem; our music listening needs to be rounded. Try to be intentional. Pick out the songs you listen to this morning and today with purpose. Try to draw the focus away from you and on to Jesus.

3 Types of Songs To Add To Your Song Therapy

1. PSALMS: If you are hurting pick out some great songs that speak to your pain and how Christ can heal you but then you need to pick out some songs that lift up Christ alone.

2. HYMNS:  Ones that speak of who Christ is and what he has done for you.

3. SPIRITUAL SONGS:  Finally for the end of your picks choose those that are intentionally victorious, exciting, and put a smile on your face and make you want to get out there and do something for Christ.

 We are called to serve Him not just sit and feel or just sit and be full of our problems and depression. We are to be overcomers and to rise above the cares of this world. We are to show others that they too can find hope and healing in the cross of Jesus Christ! Don't be defeated today! Don't let Satan defeat you with incomplete songs. Look to the scripture!

Ephesians 5:18-20

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Here is a play list I made today to show you some of these kinds of songs that God wants us to listen to. I hope you enjoy this time with God.

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