by Julia Sickler
Now all was still.
A murmur of sound floated up from the crowds as they began to laugh, and to cheer, and to weep, turning from the sea to look to him and the pillar of cloud that loomed behind him. He could feel his own tears running down his wrinkled face into his beard. How do you respond in the presence of such a God? A God Who uses you to do the impossible in spite of your doubts, your insecurities, and your violent past? A God Who destroys your enemies with nothing but wind and water?
He stood, feeling the solid presence of the Almighty behind him, waiting until the people hushed. And Moses began to sing.
Feeling the solid presence of the Almighty behind him, Moses began to sing.
Who Are We?
Music reflects our family, our history, our culture, our country, and our ethnicity; but as Christians, music first identifies us as children of God.
One of the reasons that music is such a controversial topic is that people can easily feel like their self-image is being threatened.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” (Heb. 11:24-26)
Moses was able to make this choice because he realized the incredible value of being one of God’s people. Like Moses, we also have a choice to make about which identity is worth the most to us. This is not to say that when we become a Christian our cultural background and the other things that make us individuals will no longer exist. But all those parts of our identity will be filtered through our choice: “I belong to Christ.”
What Do We Have to Say?
Music is part of our expression of what God says is true about life.
Even secular songs can be evaluated by asking, “Does this match God’s opinion shown in the Bible?” or, “Is this blurring my vision of what is really true?” We live in a world that’s pretty crazy, but in music we have the ability to remind ourselves of God’s worldview and to share it with others.
On that day by the Red Sea over three thousand years ago, a man whose life had been transformed sang of the power of God, of His mercy, and of the hope He gives His people. As Christians, we also have a reason to sing! We have received a new identity through salvation. We look at the world through God’s eyes.
So does our music tell the truth about us? Who are we? And what do we have to say?