God reveals to you and me in Daniel Chapter 3, Satan can use music to influence or lure God’s people away from worshiping God. Let’s follow the lives of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, three young believers and champions for God. You will learn some valuable life lessons and be inspired to be a sold-out worshiper of God.
Read Daniel Chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar made a monster, gold image or idol representing his evil kingdom and all his accomplishments. It was a fake, false god. He commands everyone, everywhere to attend this huge worship celebration. The king orders that when everyone hears the sound of the music, they’re to bow down and worship the statue representing the king and his kingdom. “When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down will be thrown into the blazing furnace.” (Daniel 3) Anyone who refuses will be fried up in the blazing furnace and die. The band plays and everyone falls down and bows to the statue. No one is standing except Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The king freaks out as they defied his command. He confronts the 3 champions and they tell the king they will never bow down to any other God but the God Of The Universe, Jehovah God Almighty.
Have you made that decision today or do you bow down before some other God? Maybe your God is astrology, drugs, alcohol, the occult, sex, a job, your music, something that you put before the Lord God.
The king gives them another chance and again the defy the king and are thrown into the blazing furnace. Miraculously, the Lord meets them in the furnace and rescues them. hen the king sees the miracle, he becomes a believer in their God. What an amazing and inspirational story of God’s faithfulness to those who honor him with their lives. Are you honoring God with your life?
This is a favorite Bible story told in churches everywhere. But we miss something very important to Christian young people today. Music played a major role in this celebration. Follow me as I take you on a long journey in the next year and look at music in the Bible.
Do you know what the Bible says about music and it’s purpose for existing? Do you ever wonder where music came from? Have you ever wondered why so much of today’s music is full of evil content God hates? Have you ever considered what both God and Satan think about your music?
When God created the universe, music was present. God speaks to Job saying, “Where were you when i laid the foundations of the earth’s foundations. On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4) Morning stars refers to angels. They were singing. it was good music. After God created the universe he said, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) There was nothing in the world that was evil. Everything was absolutely perfect and good, including music. It was pure and excellent in every way. I believe as God was creating the universe the angels were conducting a praise and worship service to God. Music was created originally by God, to bring glory, honor and praise to God.
What happened? How did music that was good become bad and corrupted? Tune in next month as we look deeper into how music became evil. Read Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.