Some people listen to music as if it is just background music, like the music bed for a radio or TV commercial, or elevator music. It is just there to quell the silence. Some people just like the rhythm of the song, and that’s all they care about. But, for me, the song is about the lyrics, then the melody, then the rhythm, and finally the production of the song.
All songs communicate a message. Writing and producing songs is an art. The artist has a message in mind when they write the song – they have something to say and a way they want to say it. But what the artist has no control over is how their message will be perceived. What does the consumer of the music we produce hear, when they cue up one our creations? Well, it depends on the filter they listen through.
As many of you know, I’m a believer in the Elohim (God) of the Holy Scriptures (Bible). My filter is what is written from Genesis to Revelation, and by the work of the Set Apart Spirit in my life. One of the things I’ve learned, or rather, am now beginning to understand more fully, is that my Father speaks in many ways, through many people – often in places and through people I would previously have thought He would never speak.
The Scripture speaks of the “still small Voice” of Yahweh. It’s the story of Elijah, in 1st Kings, Chapter 18-19. Elijah had just called fire down to consume the sacrifice, the water that he soaked the sacrifice with, and the rocks of the altar, in the competition between Yahweh and Baal. It’s a great historical record of the power of the Almighty Creator. Elijah even pokes fun at the prophets of Baal, suggesting that their god is indisposed, and that is why he isn’t answering them. After Yahweh shows that He is the only true Mighty One, Elijah then kills the false prophets of Baal. After this he prays for rain, in the midst of a drought, and it rains, AND then he outran Ahab’s chariot back to Jezreel! All of those huge demonstrations of the power of His Mighty One should be enough for him to believe Him for everything, right? Well……. Then Jezebel vows to kill him, and Elijah goes on the run from her, and ends up in a cave, hiding from a woman!
Elijah had just seen the amazing firepower, pun intended, of Yahweh, the True Mighty One, and slew 150 men, in the strength of Yahweh, yet now he is afraid of a woman. What was he hearing that caused him to fear and run for his life? Did he think that Yahweh became silent? Did he think that Yahweh had stopped speaking to him? What, or who was he hearing?
He heard the voice of the messenger from Jezebel that told him that Jezebel was going to have him killed. What filter did he listen to that message through? He’s a mighty man of Elohim (God), right? What was he thinking? There is one thing for sure, that we have right in that he is a man. And, from what we read, he is a man of Elohim. Yet he is a man, just like you and me. And at this moment in time he was thinking like a man. And in his fears and doubt he only heard the voice of Jezebel loudly, saying “I’m going to kill you.” So he runs. But when he’s hiding in the cave he learns that you can run, but you can’t hide. Yah will find you. In fact He is always there, and He is always speaking, even through the messenger of Jezebel!
When Elijah was hiding in the cave, Yahweh comes to him and asks him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Yahweh did not tell him to run and hide from Jezebel. He heard the voice of Jezebel, ONLY, in the voice of her messenger. He heard that message through the filter of the might and power of Jezebel, not hearing the Voice of Yahweh in it.
After Elijah tells Yahweh that he ran and hid because all was lost. He thought that it was all over. All Yisrael (Israel) had forsaken Yah, and he, Elijah, alone was the only one left, and Jezebel was going to kill him. That’s what he heard, loudly, and that is what he acted on in running and hiding. Then Yahweh tells him to go stand on the mountain, before Him. Then came a lot of big, loud, events – wind so strong that it broke the rocks on the mountain, and fire, and then an earthquake. Yahweh was not in any of those big events. And then came the “still small Voice of Yahweh,” and He asks again, “Why are you here, Elijah?”
You see, Yahweh was not in the voice of the messenger of Jezebel. He was not the author of that message. However He speaks to His own, when they hear the message. In this case it is this, “If Yahweh be for us, who can be against us?” And, “Nothing can separate us from the Love of Elohim.” So when Elijah heard the messenger of Jezebel, had he stopped and focused on the mighty promises of Elohim, and what He had just wrought through him, he would have heard the Voice of Yahweh, saying, “Stand Elijah, you are not alone. I’m still working and I still have things for you to do.” Which is the message that comes to him in the “still small Voice.”
So when I hear any song, or any message, or have a conversation with anyone, or see any event take place, what filter to I hear or see through? I don’t always accomplish it, but when I listen for His Voice I hear hope, strength, provision, Truth, and Life, even when the message’s intent is despair, weakness, lack, a lie, and death.
One such song comes to my mind - Alabama’s “I’m in a Hurry.” It says, in part:
“I’m in a hurry to get things done, oh I rush and rush till life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”
I can hear those lyrics and get pretty bummed out and lose hope, thinking that I’m on a ride that I can’t get off. Or I can hear the Voice of my Creator, through the Set Apart Spirit of His Son, who died for me, and the the mighty promises He made through His Word, and I can get direction from Him, have hope, gain strength, and begin to go through this life as He leads, knowing that this life is not all there is – there is eternal life ahead! And it is already here, present in me, if I am truly born again, by His Spirit.
May we all hear His “still small Voice,” in everything and everyone – not being a part of the false message, but hearing the Truth through the false message. In Yahshua we are overcomers. We are told that we overcome by the blood of Yahshua (Jesus) and by the word of our testimony. By His shed blood, if we receive Him, we can hear His Voice, and our testimony is that we obey, and it is seen. This is how we overcome the lying voices of the Jezebels who say we are done for. Read the back of the Book. She’s a liar!