The Power of Music


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How is it possible for a man to desire the end of life, then by music change his mind? Or how is it possible to lose a child and then be comforted by music? How is it possible for music to have such effect so as to cause one to consider that which beforetime was beyond their reasonable mind?

If the music of men were no more than sound, it would have little effect. But all music is conducted by men. Men determine its form, press it into meaning and present it with a will of determination.

To the mind music is thought itself and to the heart it is the spoken word. Music passes into his mind, and communes with the inner heart of emotions. Music enters into that part where others cannot go to rob and steal and so music becomes his keeper, the holder of the key.

Music can tear down and it can build up. It can provoke irrational offence and it can provoke unreasonable exhilaration. Music is a comforter and an inspiration. It brings to life hidden and invisible attributes which others cannot see, and so music speaks to the very man, without fear of contradiction.

The man who is comforted will speak of music in hushed tones, so that he covets its presence. In his moment of foolishness he flatters and applauds its conductor, and holds its adept in awe.

At the end of its effect, music provokes violence, and demands his attention. Of itself it is but sound, yet the man becomes the object of its passion, and his very form becomes its visibility and proof.

For the natural man the absence of music, in the silence of need, is the knowing and the remembering of pain. It is the doubt and the fear. It is the fear and the anger. It is the certainty of rejection and the balm of conviction; that in the end, for the laden soul, it is better to weep and to cry aloud than to look to heaven without the help of music. Without music his cries and his tears go unanswered, heaven remains silent, and the man casts himself down upon the ground and expires by his own hand.

When music comes to his ear, and by his ear to his heart, and by his heart to his understanding mind, he is all at once comprehended that he is not alone, and so the man lays hold of music, his friend and his comforter, his peace.

Now music is become his deliverer. He may look to heaven from whence music has its place on the sides of the north, and he may also look to its sound. By its power and influence and without God, he is comforted. Now music is become his god.

Those who labour in music, desiring to speak, do so at their own peril. If men do not comprehend its power it is because they have more comprehended their own part in it, and their own benefit. If men do comprehend its power then they may use it to command attention to themselves, and in that they take the place of God. This was the sin of Lucifer before his fall into rebellion. He usurped God in his own heart by reason of his trade, and drew attention away from God to himself. Blinded by the wonder of such adoration he drew aside a multitude, until he said in his heart, ‘I will be as God‘. He was cast down and destroyed in the midst of fire, and those that were with him also. He is become the prince of the power of the air, the very air through which music passes to the ear, and he is a master musician above all other created beings. He comprehends how to direct the man by music, and by music he knows how to comprehend the man who falls under its influence.

Music is of the soul, and it is the soul that Satan desires to influence and imprison. It is an imprisonment by the same self serving vanity that music affects when it is not directed to the one from Whom it came, and for the purpose for which it was given. Like the very air we breath it is invisible, and like the very air we breath it may also be full of poison. It can inspire obedience, but it cannot make obedient the man. It can inspire rebellion, but it cannot make a man a rebel. It is an invisible chord that binds the heart, and imprisons the man, or else sets him free into chaos and destruction, if by music he is informed, and without God.

Without God music is a terror, and by God it is an instrument of worship, and an expression of eternal life. Music has its own purpose, and its purpose is laid hold by the instrument of the ear. Music can by all intention be found to have directed a man only to himself, and to his own needs, and to his own comfort, apart from God Who gave it.