Music touches our emotions in so many ways. Music plays an intricate role in times of fun, recollection of memories, times of sadness and times of heartfelt worship. Last night I attended a worship service in a casual atmosphere and the music, which was produced by musicians playing several types of instruments and their voices, touched my heart deeply. Some were significant because they expressed, through words and music, my desire for thanking and worshipping God for His goodness. Some equated with my thoughts of trusting the Lord even when times are very difficult – using music to declare my faith. Some music was just beautiful and I just wanted to listen, like soothing cool lotion on a hurting soul scrape.
There is a lot that goes into music that is not evident when we simply have the opportunity to listen and enjoy. There is the hard work and dedication of the musicians and the complexity of the instruments. Mrs. Charles E. Cowman in her epic devotional, Streams in the Desert, said, “Sainthood springs out of suffering. It takes eleven tons of pressure on a piano to tune it. God will tune you to harmonize with heaven’s keynote if you can stand the strain.”
There is purpose in our suffering. Suffering takes on many forms, but suffering is a common denominator. When I write about something that has torn my heart in two, (perhaps in regards to a fractured relationship), others who suffer in a completely different way, (like perhaps a long illness or physical pain), relate. That is because the pain level in suffering is universal and every human being knows what it is like to hurt. Our common experiences bind us together as well as turning to our common faith for comfort. Yes, the Apostle Paul explained in II Corinthians I that when God allows us pain, He can supernaturally turn it around for good, comfort us completely, and then use us to comfort others in that same way. The result of that season of anguish is explained in verse nine when Paul says, “But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God who raises the dead.” Our faith in God grows by leaps and bounds by persevering in trust and faith through such times. And our hearts can be changed for the better in many ways.
“The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for You.” Psalm 9:9-10
“Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.” Psalm 125:1