Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving and His Courts With Praise. Psalms 100:4
In my article The Genesis, I stated that the seemingly innocuous aspect of music contributed to my consideration of the peculiar state of Black Americans. Also, I asserted that I believe there was a deliberate conspiracy to destroy Black music and by extension Black people. How is this so? Before I delve into the meat of my assertion, it is necessary to burrow into the spiritual character of music. The ability of mankind to make music is in my estimation the most telling evidence of our being made in the image of God. Some people may think it is our intellect, ability to reason, or ability to construct civilizations. I think it is music because unlike people, particularly some people of the “white populous” who because of the erroneous presentation of history by their own kind chide people of Africa for purportedly never having a civilization, God is not that impressed with how many buildings and monuments men construct unto themselves.
Every civilization in antiquity that existed within the arena of Israel such as, Egypt Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Phoenicia, Canaan and etc., went down with the uncircumcised as the prophets of Israel declared and are no more. Generally, when they were spoken against it had zilch to do with the “highness” of their civilization. Egypt itself was brought low because one of its pharaoh’s thoughtlessly uttered “that he had created the Nile.” ( Ezekiel 29:3). He moronically believed his own hype and thought he was as big as those statues of themselves pharaoh’s were fond of erecting. And so it is with some of the moronic sons of “white” Japheth. Their trust and their “god” is their whiteness and American civilization. It is in the status quo, not realizing a day is coming when their time as the gentiles will be fulfilled. However, music is eternal. It was going on before creation and will be going on after the ages, so that as the psalmist says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6.)
Music itself was important in the lives of the people of Israel. This is evident from the book of Psalms and from other instances where music factored in lending color to a particular episode in Israel’s journey. For example, after the Lord defeated the Egyptians completing the deliverance of Israel, Moses and the Israelites sang a song commemorating the experience. (Exodus 15). In my article Prophetic Particularity, I recounted how when David was bringing the ark to Jerusalem there was robust playing of music I Chronicles 13:8 and perhaps a most unforgettable account of the power of music is in the story of David playing for King Saul. One can read (I Samuel 16:14-23) for a thorough account, but in summary when God had David anointed as King his spirit left Saul and he sent him a distressing spirit. Saul’s servants solution to his problem was to look for a man skilled in playing the harp. The man they would locate as God would have it, was David. Whenever the distressing spirit would come upon King Saul, David would play for him and he would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. (I Samuel 16:23). It should be noted that they did not suggest he call a psychologist, therapist, doctor or pharmacist. They apparently knew something about the ability of music to address the ailments of the human spirit.
Western music owes its genesis to the Israelites as it was their stories which inspired the musicians of the Roman church from the Gregorian chants to Handel’s messiah. It is music which gives life its color as it can be inspirational, reflective, soothing, triumphant, jubilant, menacing, dark and surely other adjectives, but undeniably it can affect the spirit. The power of music is a principle known to the principalities and powers and undoubtedly certain of their human cohorts. What is the principle it demonstrates? It is the principle of hearing. The apostle Paul explained it thus in Romans 10:17: “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Advertisers of products know this as well. It is the reason why songs accompanying a product in a commercial and played repeatedly stays with the person who hears it even long after the commercial has stopped running. I can still remember the tune and some of the words of the old Dr. Pepper commercial even though I haven’t seen it in years.
Therefore, hearing is a way to internalize messages and if a person keeps hearing a particular message the more likely it is to shape his perceptions and the more likely it is he will have faith for that message. If you set it to a catchy tune or beat, it has a certain sticking power with the ability to evoke certain emotions. It is the reason well written and beautifully sung music can evoke feelings of love, sadness, joy and so forth. If you add to that a person such as David being anointed by God to play music one can see music being capable of driving away distressing spirits. It is a given that music song in praise to God from genuine hearts will be unattractive to evil spirits and by the same token music which glorifies wickedness and evil will be attractive to spirits of the kingdom of darkness. In the next article I will talk about how this relates to Black American music.