By PIERRE SMITH We live in a busy world where many things demand our attention. We need to be here, there, and everywhere, responding to this e-mail and remembering to send that text. Constantly, our time and thoughts are in demand. And if that isn’t enough, we often find ourselves in very sticky situations, totally unsure of what we should do.
That’s why, in the middle of the busyness, problems, and trials of life, we have to be able to quiet our souls and hear God speak. We need to make room.
What does this have to do with music?
In chapter two of 2 Kings, we read the story of the prophet Elisha. He has just taken the prophet Elijah’s place after Elijah was famously taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. At this point in the story, Elisha has healed people from some bad water and gotten rid of a group of youngsters who mocked him, but he hasn’t yet done any major prophesying.
In chapter 3, the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom, formed one big army to go up against the Moabites. Together, with their armies and animals they marched through the Wilderness of Edom for seven days and ran out of water.
I can imagine the chaos — thousands of men following these three kings to fight the Moabites. And it seems like they were left out to dry (pun).
“…and the king of Israel said: Alas! For the Lord has called us these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”
2 Kings 3:10
King Jehoshaphat was part of the company and asked them to find a “prophet of the Lord, that they may inquire of the Lord by him.”
Elisha was summoned and in the middle of the chaos and fear, he says:
“But now bring me a musician.” 2 Kings 3:15
I can imagine the response of the kings: “Say what? We’re about to die, to be overtaken by our enemies, and you want to listen to some music?”
But Elisha knew something they didn’t. He needed to hear from God and music makes room for that to happen. He had to get himself ready for God to speak. He needed to drown out the chaos of the moment that demanded his attention. The atmosphere had to change, and he knew the atmosphere of Heaven is praise.
“And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him. 16 And he said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools.” 2 Kings 3:15-16
If this mighty prophet of God, with a double portion of gifts had to make room for God to speak, how much more do we have to do? Elisha understood the necessity of making room, and he knew just how to do it.
God has given us something powerful in the gift of music. He uses it to create that space where we can hear from Him, the atmosphere where He can inspire and move upon us, and where we can draw from and be filled again.
How much room do we make? Do we sit and get rid of all the distractions and create that space often enough to hear from God?
Next time life is overwhelming and chaotic, and everything else demands your attention, make time to worship. It might just be exactly what your soul needs!