The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 27
A few years ago a popular artist sang a song that included a derogatory statement about a past president. The song said more about the singer than her subject.
Throughout the Bible, various people wrote and sang songs regaling God’s works and worshiping His greatness. Only two men, however, were subjects of songs whose words were, thankfully, unrecorded.
Job and Jeremiah both had songs written about them. Not songs of praise, but songs of scorn. Public “shaming” through music. Imagine how they felt as they listened to the songs sung about them:
Job: “And now I am their taunting song; yes, I am their byword” (Job 30:9).
Jeremiah: “I have become the ridicule of all my people—their taunting song all the day” (Lamentations 3:14).
Worship music does for the spirit what medication does for the physical body. No soothing music for Job! Attacks by snarly friends and the songs of cruel children only intensify Job’s suffering. Talk about kicking a man when he is down!
Sadly, music can do more harm than good. Music reveals the depravity in our culture, which disdains the dignity of woman, normalizes serial, broken relationships, and exalts alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality. Music can be cruel to the spirit and soul of man.
Paul mentions the powerful role that music has in a believer’s life: “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18-19). Spiritual songs speak directly to the heart of man and sooth, like an ointment, a soul “roughed up” by suffering.
Suffering? Listen to praise music.
Ministering to someone who is suffering? Give the gift of music! Your words may help a little, but praise music will help a lot.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Job 30:1-31:40):
- Job’s extensive wealth elevated him among men, but his extensive loss demoted him in the eyes of man. How does Job express this loss?
- How does Job handle God’s silence in the midst of his suffering?
- Job makes twelve “if” statements in chapter 31. What is the central statement made in these statements?
- Why do Job’s friends cease speaking with him?