By Pastor Gary Jennings Jr
Music is such a wonderful thing. When I get home from work, the first thing I often do is turn on my Apple TV and listen to the Cinemix channel (a channel that plays movie soundtracks). Its gotten to the point where I turn it on just to have it on, not because I want to sit down and pay attention to it, but just to have it on while I do other stuff. There are even times when I have my headphones on listening to something else while Cinemix is playing in the background. That actually sounds pretty weird now that I have written it down, but I think Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has a good explanation as to why I do this. He has this great quote where he says “Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music”. . . . Love that quote . . . I think the reason why I feel the need to have Cinemix on, is because I like the ‘liquid architecture’ of the whole thing. Music has a way of transforming the environment we are in.
In 1 Samuel 16, we read about King Saul being tormented and having episodes of terror. The Spirit of God was once with him, but because of Saul’s selfish choices, Gods Spirit left him, along with Gods protection. Its interesting what Saul decided to do, he decided to turn on some music. Unfortunately Saul didn’t have an Apple TV, so he told his officials to find a musician. They came back with David, he played some music, and Saul felt a lot better. Interesting.
The arts are important. You dont have to look too hard in the Bible to see the importance of music. You don’t have to look to hard to see the importance of architecture and craftsmanship (example: the temple). I don think its too much of a stretch to say that God cares about the arts in general. The arts are a way to express the deep things of the soul that become too flat and thin when articulated in factual and practical language.
I don’t know what Saul heard when he asked David to play, but it had a profound effect on him. Lets take the arts seriously and use them to articulate the deep and important things of our soul, and lets use them to articulate the deepest and most profound message of all, the good news of God’s Kingdom.