Music has a powerful impact upon people. We tend to think of the dominance of music as a recent trend introduced by modern recording technology. However, read this account of a young and popular musician.
“He was as concerned about the way he appeared when he performed as the music he played . . . Around him young women swooned, others fought for and tore articles of his clothing . . . The musician encouraged such conduct because it made his legend grow.”
Who was this wild man after whom young women clamored? Is this a scene from today, the 90’s, 80’s, 70’s or 60’s? Actually, it is from the 30’s—the 1830’s. The musician was Franz Liszt, the noted classical pianist and composer. No, he wasn’t the first rock musician. His concert music was the same music that can still be heard on public radio during their classical hours. His music is neither loud nor raucous by our standards. It is not performed by strange-looking musicians whose photos give parents nightmares. Liszt produced the same reactions in his listeners as did Elvis, the Beatles, or U2. Music is powerful. Because it is powerful, we must understand the source and purpose of music.
The Bible gives insight about the power of music. We know from Revelation 5:9 and from the announcement of the birth of Christ and other passages that music is an act of worship that goes on in heaven. This tells us that music is of heavenly origin. Music existed before man was created. Anything that was used in heaven to honor God before the earth was created has great power and significance.
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