Music Is Medicine – Miranda Lambert
Whether it be the harmonious hymns played at the altar on Sunday morning or your favorite song flowing out of the radio speakers during an afternoon drive, music lifts us up. Where everything else fails to uplift our spirits, music fulfills the need. It is our medicine when prescriptions have failed, and our means to express joy when we simply can’t find the words.
I’m sure no one is a stranger to the healing effects of music. There is a song for every soul, a song for every mood, a song for every occasion. Whether joyful or troubled, relaxing or striving, celebrating or grieving. Music can speak to us in ways that no person ever could.
Studies have shown that music is stimulating to the brain, improves neuroplasticity (i.e. creates better connections and gets rid of bad connections throughout our brain making it work better!), and aids in emotional well-being. Whether listening, playing, or writing music we can all engage in this wonderful and free gift given to us by God.
“The Lord is my strength and my song.” Exodus 15:2
Not only is music a gift from God, but a means in which we praise Him. While you are taking time to rest in God’s word and bask in his glory today, I encourage you to do so through music.
Dust off those old guitar strings, tickle the ivories, or simply sing loudly (and if you’re like me, badly!) in your joy for The Lord! Don’t worry about how it sounds. Just let the music reveal the praise and love you have for Jesus Christ, and be a reminder of the love He has for you!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of music. A beautiful means in which I may praise you. Melodically reminding me of the great love You have for each and every one of us. If music is to play an important role in my life, please reveal to me in what way You plan for me to pursue it. I pray that music may be medicine for those whom traditional methods have failed. Please help me to rest and enjoy in the beauty of this gift You have given us. Thank you for being the song in my heart! Amen.