It’s been said that outside of babies, music is the most beautiful thing humans can make.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of music in our lives. I know that the music I listen to can make or break my day. I know that music is integral to my day to day life, and to my faith. As we search the scriptures, we can see that music is a key aspect of worshiping God, and helping ourselves press forward in faith.
I think one of my favorite scriptures that talks about music is in Ephesians. Paul is writing about being followers of God, and what that means. He talks about obedience and love, and in Chapter 5 verses 19 and 20, he discussing music:
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
We talk about keeping a prayer in your heart, but how beautiful is it to make and keep a melody in your heart. We can let music swell inside our hearts, and share it with the people we come in contact with. We can hum ancient songs to people who have forgotten it.
As God’s children, we are called to be a joyful people, to bear our trials with patience, and to lift one another up. and in D&C 136:28-29, we are given counsel:
If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. If thou art sorrowful, call on the Lord thy God with supplication, that your souls may be joyful.
God created us so that we may have joy. Music can be a key part of that. No, it’s not a magic fix for sorrow and suffering, but it can help us. I know when I put on good music, I can help clear the road for joy to come. Faith requires action, so when we do call on God, that our souls may be joyful, we need to make choices, and do something that will help. As President Henry B. Eyring said, God will add his power to your efforts.
Sometimes, a good hymn can be real medicine for my aching heart. One of my favorite hymns is “The Spirit of God”, which you can listen to here. I love it because it’s a reminder that God is still actively working for His children’s good. He wants us to understand, and to feel of his spirit. We simply have to be willing to open our hearts and minds to receive it.
I’m thinking about publishing a playlist of my favorite hymns. Let me know if that’s something you’re interested in, and comment your favorite hymns below!