Imagining the Power of Music

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More than 50 years ago, the legendary lead singer of the Beatles, John Lennon, penned the words to a song titled ‘Imagine.’ Ever since, hardly a day goes by without one radio station belting out the tune.
IMAGINE
‘Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”

While I do not not necessarily agree with all that John Lennon asked us to imagine, I would like to flip the song around and ask us today, to IMAGINE a world without music. Just for a moment. A world without music. What would it be like?

– The birth of a child would hardly be celebrated with the joy we’ve come to associate with such joyous occasions. Imagine

– A child would not grow up listening to lullabies that for millennia have comforted them or helped send them them to sleep. Imagine

– We would not celebrate important events the way we do.

– A bride would just walk into church while everyone looked on. All you would hear would be the sound of she and her father’s feet shuffling down the aisle. Imagine just for a moment.

– Our culture would be impoverished because there would be no songs, no drums, no cymbals. Imagine.

– Without Music we would not be able to tell our history.

The truth is Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.

Music is a universal language

1. Maria Von Trapp, the legend behind the Sound of Music, once said, ‘Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.’

2. Bono, the music artist and international social activist says, ‘Music can change the world because it can change people.’

3. Berthold Auerbach claimed, ‘Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’

4. ‘Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul,’ is what Johann Sebastian Bach claimed in his time.

5. ‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,’ is what one of my favorite literary figures of all time, Victor Hugo, said.

The truth is …

Music is God’s gift to humanity

Music is a powerful force for good

3000 years ago, as King Saul battled his demons in his palace, it took the skillful music of David’s harp to soothe the troubled King. Imagine what the alternative could have been? No wonder Mencius once said “If the King loves music, it is well with the land.”

Music is the language of the Spirit

It is God’s gift to a world that seeks to connect with the Divine. For each one of us, music is that indescribable essence that allows us to contemplate the Power, Majesty, and Sovereignty of our Maker.

Today, I’m going to find a little corner somewhere. Put on some uplifting music. Lose myself in its beauty. And, be thankful for the opportunity I have to listen to, hear, appreciate, meditate on, and enjoy my heavenly Father’s gift.

This post was written by Dr Victor Oladokun.

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