Christian music is one of the fastest growing genres of music today…could it be so popular because Christian music helps us feel better about ourselves? In today’s world music is played in stores, offices, and restaurants. We don’t have complete control over which songs we hear. But when I do have a choice, I prefer to listen to Christian music because it helps me feel better, stay positive, talk to my friends about God, and support ministries I enjoy.
Christian music makes me feel better emotionally…a simple concept, but nonetheless true. When I feel stressed, depressed, hopeless, or angry Christian songs soothe my soul. Even the basic “Jesus loves me this I know” has a way of penetrating the most desperate situations. Often I need something to inspire me while I work. There are so many styles of Christian music that I can easily find just the right energy level to keep me plugging away at the task at hand. Yes, I have dreaded housework and ended up dancing with the mop to one of my favorite songs. There is even Christian music peaceful enough to help me get to sleep on nights when my brain refuses to be quiet.
Lyrics from Christian songs help me to keep my thoughts positive and focused on what is important to me. Have you ever had a song you hated stuck in your head for days? What did you end up thinking about? How did your thought processes affect your actions? Christian lyrics stick positive messages in my mind. Often I’m in a situation and a particular phrase from a song will drop in my mind. It will be the answer for that circumstance, or just the right thing to say to the other person! This process of our brains is probably why the Bible has a verse which says: “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Phil 4:8 NIV
When I listen to music, other people inadvertently hear it. I cannot count the number of times I have been working on some unrelated project and have a friend ask about the music playing in the background. Other times I get so excited about a new song that I share my enthusiasm with friends in normal conversation. I love and use that as a springboard to help a friend get closer to Jesus.
Lastly, I get to support some ministries I believe in by listening to Christian music. I buy music and apparel from Christian artists, shop at Christian Bookstores, attend Christian festivals and concerts, and learn about Christian businesses from the advertisements on Christian radio stations and websites. Once in a while I am able to give a donation to a ministry but for the most part the money I spend is budgeted for entertainment anyway. It does make me feel good to support my favorite Christian musicians. These musicians use the money I spend to tell more people about the Gospel and that makes me feel really good!
Christian music is available in almost every style and genre. To keep up with the most popular, latest music I recommend Wow Hits 2014 (Deluxe Edition). This series of DVD's is a great overview of the newest releases and top hits each year. It is a great DVD to leave playing at your next party.