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March 2009
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 How does music inspire us? 2 examples of how music can be used to inspire and minister to people. 


King Saul's troubled spirit soothed by music: 

"When King Saul realized that he had been rejected by God, and when he felt the force of the words of denunciation that had been addresses to him by the prophet, he was filled with rebellion and despair. It was not true repentance that had bowed the proud head of the king. He had no clear perception of the offensive character of his sin, and did not arouse to the work of reforming his life, but brooded over what he thought was the injustice of God in depriving him of the throne of Israel and in taking the succession away from is posterity. He was ever occupied in anticipating the ruin that had been brought upon his house. He felt that the valor which he had displayed in encountering his enemies should offset his sin of disobedience. He did not accept with meekness the chastisement of God; but his haughty spirit became desperate, until he was on the verge of losing his reason. His counselors advised him to seek for the services of a skillful musician, in 
the hope that the soothing notes of a sweet instrument might calm his troubled spirit. In the providence of God, David, as a skillful performer upon the harp, was brought before the king. His lofty and heaven-inspired strains had the desired effect. The brooding melancholy that had settled like a dark cloud over the mind of Saul was charmed away."  Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 643 

Music from the heart: 

"The human voice that sings the music of God from a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving is far more pleasing to Him than the melody of all the musical instruments ever invented by human hands,"  Ellen G. White, Letter 2c, 1892 


These are at least 2 examples of how music inspires us. Music should be played for the glory of God, not for our own selfish glory. There is nothing good in any of us. God is the almighty one. Once upon a time, a young girl accidentally stepped on a piece of glass at Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden, CT) and ended up with some glass in her foot. As I went to the Pastor's house later that day, she was crying due to the pain. The Lord impressed me to play my guitar and sing to her, reminding me of King David ministering to King Saul during his distress. Her spirits were better. As the Apostle Paul says "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31). Anytime you can be used to minister to someone through music, there is healing for the soul. You're not only ministering to them, but you're receiving a blessing. May the Lord bless in His Love. 

Bill Reinwald, Men's Ministry Leader