From Jubal to the Jukebox to Jesus: You Were Made to Sing

[This article was originally featured in our hometown newspaper, The Seymour Tribune]

You were created to sing. But you already knew that because you are likely already listening to something, if only the jingle that is stuck in your head. Whatever your preference, music is a defining element in our lives. It’s always been this way. Before the invasion of rock, the invention of rap or the instrumentation of classical, people were making instruments and song.

In Genesis 4, when Adam’s children began to multiply, Moses says that Jubal “was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe.” Within two verses, Scripture records its first song, the “Song of the Sword.” Six millennia before Carrie Underwood took a Louisville Slugger to both headlights, songs about sex and violence were already on the jukebox.

However, Scripture does not simply recount the lustful lyrics of Lamech. It redeems the whole enterprise of song. While mankind, made in God’s image, sings, only those who know God’s redeeming love can sing the eternal song (Revelation 5:9-10).

Indeed, one of God’s greatest gifts is music, and the whole world enjoys it. However, God gives us more than music. For those who have ears to hear, God himself sings a song of redemption. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you with love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

What a song that must be! God serenading those who have believed in the saving love of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Of all songs, his is the Song of Songs. It fills the heart with joy, satisfying us with God’s eternal pleasures (Psalm 16:11). Better than sex, drugs and rock and roll, God’s song promises freedom, love and life in Jesus. And better still — God’s song doesn’t wear out and he will sing it to anyone who asks.