Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-20
There’s no consensus in archeology as to when humans first started creating music. One theory is that it must correlate with the creation of language. When you think about it that makes sense – we go about our days humming, whistling, or like my dry cleaner, putting our conversations to some mysterious tune. Scientists have found ancient flutes dating back around 300,000 BC.
What scientists will never answer is why do we have this thing called music and from where does it originate? From a Christian point of view, we know that God gifted us with so many human-specific attributes (although birds do have lovely songs!) such as the creation of music. The first known “hymn” detailed in the Bible dates from somewhere around 1500 BC.
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.
2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:1-2
That praise song to the Lord goes on for 16 more verses! Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had a recording of the exiles singing this? As I write this, I’m listening to a beautiful Spotify playlist called “relaxing piano Christian.” What continues to amaze me is that year after year, decade after decade, and century after century this beautiful gift of music finds new ways to stir our hearts and minds. I thank God for the notes He has placed out in the universe for us to sing, to play and to hum. And I look forward with anticipation for each new song’s foray into His mysterious ways.