The Power of Positive Music
by Ginny McCabe
There is power in listening to positive music. It goes beyond the song, lyrics or the mood it puts us in when we are listening to it. Whether it’s in our daily walk, or in a specific situation we’re facing, music has the ability to reach deep into our souls and impact us in meaningful ways. We can also choose to honor God with our musical choices.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV) serves as a good reminder as we reflect on the music we listen to, books we read or movies we watch, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Music has always had a profound impact on my life and spiritual journey. When I was a teenager, our youth pastor, Dale Reeves, introduced us to artists like Keith Green and Michael W. Smith. When I was in high school, I remember singing special music such as “Honestly” by Stryper or Amy Grant’s “Doubly Good to You.” I also became a fan of Christian concerts and music festivals like “Ichthus” and “Cornerstone.” As an adult, I’ve met many of my Christian music heroes and I have had an opportunity to write about music, arts and entertainment. I’m very passionate about music and I’m thankful for the difference it has made in my life.
Listening to positive music can leave us feeling uplifted and closer to God. One song I’ve appreciated listening to recently is “Fear Is A Liar” by Zach Williams. The song offers such a strong message of encouragement. As a few lines of the lyrics relate, “Fear he is a liar/He will take your breath/Stop you in your steps/Fear he is a liar/He will rob your rest/Steal your happiness/Cast your fear in the fire/Cause fear he is a liar/Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears/Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel.” If you’ve heard the song, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t listened to it, I hope you’ll check it out.
Can you think of a time when your musical choices have influenced you in a positive or a negative way? Research shows that music is an immensely influential media. In sharing this, I would hope to encourage readers to check out a new song or artist, listen to a Christian radio station or visit a local Christian bookstore. Whether you enjoy listening to praise and worship, hip-hop, rock or gospel, there are lots of great choices available to us.
In closing, I’ll lead us in a word of prayer. “Lord, help us to honor you with our media choices—from the music we listen to, and what we read, to what we watch on television and in movies. We praise you with our talents and gifts. Help us to impact our culture in ways that would point people to Christ.”
Ginny McCabe is a bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work may be seen in publications like Journal-News and Reuters. Her books have been published by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins and Standard Publishing. She was named as Best Freelance Writer in 2018. Ginny has spent decades covering topics like news, entertainment, business and faith-inspired themes. She serves as president on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists. Ginny is also a member of Christian Author’s Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Secrets Young Women Keep is an ECPA Silver Medallion winner and has been featured on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller Lists. Connect with Ginny at www.ginnymccabe.com and on Twitter @ginnymccabe.