Where does music fit into our lives? The Bible mentions a number of musical instruments such as the harp, drums and the lyre. We are given three clear types of songs to sing,
(Ephesians 5:19 KJV) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (also see Colossians 3:16)So it would seem that singing and music are a blessed part of our worship. Then you come across verses like this. What gives?
There are times when I wish the translators were more literal. “Heavy” (troubled NASB) (7451a) means “evil” according to the marginal reading. If you look it up in Strong’s Concordance you find that it is translated “evil” in the KJV 440 times and “wicked” another 26 times. That makes much more sense of this verse.
You have heard the quote, “Music soothes the savage breast.” This would seem to be saying just the opposite. Music has the ability to stir up evil hearts and possibly stir up the evil in hearts.
So? Does your music aid in worship or stir up trouble in your heart? Only you can know and only you can make the obvious changes.