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    Revealing the Divine

    Posted on June 10, 2009 by Paul | 3 Comments | Jump to Comments Box Below

    Revealing the Divine

    by Paul Baloche

    Music affects everyone differently. Type “Most impacting music of all time” into an Internet search engine, and the results are astounding. There are over 60 pages of websites commenting on a vast range of music claiming to be the best. Clearly the influence of music is widespread throughout the world and throughout generations. It is the specifics that differ, but the overall impact is the same. Music takes the mind and soul to a different plane.

    From my own experience, my guess is that the profound nature of music lies in its connection to our emotions – our response to this divine expression. As I write this, I’m in the middle of a 10-day Canadian tour. Relentless travel and very little sleep leave me a bit foggy as we race to an airport to catch a place to the next city. As I pass through security, I begin to hear music that immediately affects my attitude. It’s The Mills Brothers – from the 1930s – “Across the Alley From the Alamo.” Suddenly, I find myself smiling, nodding my head and escaping the rigors of the road.

    Close to Divine

    To further explore how music impacts humanity, I picked the brains of some friends and acquaintances to see if their thoughts mirrored mine. One such friend, an amateur (or part-time) philosopher, explained her understanding of music as such:

    “Our language is limited. It fails to capture the nuances of emotion and experience. Instruments, rhythm, and sound express longings and feelings that our words simply can’t convey. When lyrics and music are combined, our deepest emotions are given voice. Music reaches nerves in my heart that I wouldn’t otherwise know were exposed. The best music – the most original, the most truthful – expresses the humanity is us all.”

    The nature of music is that it expresses something that we as humans have a hard time putting our finger on. God created music, but He has also invited us to join His symphony with our musical compositions. And our creations have the ability to pull our emotions, invade our experiences, and transform our relationship with the divine. As my band and I toured through the French-speaking part of Canada this week, I could see once again how God inexplicably uses music to help usher people into His presence, transcending language, culture and generations.

    His Image

    Another friend and fellow musician paints a similar image of music with his insightful description:

    “Harmonies and rhythms can bypass the intellect and go straight to the subconscious to evoke feelings and emotions. My guess is that the place in ourselves that we hear, feel or sense God is close to the subconscious place that we feel music or dream dreams. It is somewhere almost outside of ourselves – somewhere that seems larger than life.”

    “While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha” (2 Kings 3:15 NIV).

    It seems to be a common theme that music touches people in a very different place than the rest of the sensory world can. It impacts us on a level that is just as hard to describe as our spirituality. And it is with its beautiful and mysterious existence that music reveals a part of God’s character. Like music, He is mysterious and able to affect us beyond what words have the ability to describe. And just as God breathed the world into existence, it seems He also threaded music into the fabric of our being. The ultimate musician and music lover, God made us like Him.


    We serve a God who is so profound, mysterious, creative and unique that our confined understandings cannot possibly comprehend Him. I think there is no stronger proof that music reveals a part of God’s divine nature than the fact that it evokes that same profound response. There is something in it that is above our understanding. Perhaps this is the definition of art, of truth, of divinity. Either way, we are participating and experiencing a truly timeless and heavenly expression.

    Apply It

    During a training time, ask each team member to list five songs that have had an emotional impact on their lives. Encourage them to describe the experience and then ponder why it had such an effect. Consider the melody, the chord structure and any other elements that may have contributed to the impact of the song. Then talk about ways your team can help convey the connection that is possible with the way they approach every song they play in a service of worship.

    Pierre DesMarais 16/07/09


    I lead a small group of musician at my little Church made of red bricks, were people are simply….great people.
    Never in my life would I have dreamed to ever play guitar, although as a teen I had experienced it with friends in the garage. So now I cannot contain my emotion and extreme passion for songs that I play every Sunday at our Church, to the point that I wondered for a while at least in the first year if they (the congregation ) thought I was insane! I remember one Sunday specifically most songs that I played had an unique effect on me were I barely could read the lead sheets and tears easily flowed down my cheeks. Afterward my keyboard player said that she had felt the same and that this was not the first time either since she had started playing with me. Paul my belief is this, God needs us to show His love all the time.

    Wow…someday when I sing , I just feel like stopping smack in the middle of the song and ask the congregation if they just heard the words I just said, and ask them to simply read the words.

    Thanks for bringing your heart into my life. I know for sure that God could find someone more qualified than me easily. But He didn’t, he asked me. And as insane as it seems sometimes, I said and still say yes.

    Pierre DesMarais, Carleton Place, Ontario Canada

    Kelly Perkins 14/08/09

    I really like your application. Certain songs, melodies, and lyrics sometimes harkens us back to the past and may reveal to us things which may either be hindering us in our walk with God or has helped us be victorious!

    Kelly Perkins

    Benny Montalvo 09/12/09

    Hey Paul,
    I’ve been singing and leading the congragation at my church in Hollywood, Fla. for 13 yrs. I don’t play a guitar but I can play some pretty good Congas. God didnt bless me with the ability to play a stringed instrument but he did give me the ability to sing and carry a tune, He also called me to lead His people, and like Pierre in Canada I still say YES. When I look out on the congragation and see them just stand there and show no enthusiasm toward the Lord I wish that they could look inside of me and see that its ok to let go and let God. It breaks my heart to see them not letting go and not showing the trust, because that’s part of worship, that the Lord deserves.

    The songs we sing on Sundays and during our midweek service are like an anchor to my faith. The Lord said that we will have trials and tribulations, as worship leaders we are not immune, I know, trust me.

    You are indeed a blessed man. He always look down on you with favor, may He guide you and protect you and your family.


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