I have been a musician for half of my life and I have seen the tremendous results of the impact of music in my life and in the lives of people around me,can I be honest with you? A lot of times, I am amazed and overwhelmed at how God works through what I hear and see in the lives of the people I come in contact with as a result of this calling.
Just a few days to the end of 2015, I and my team- OBA&THEPRIESTLYKINGS,had the privilege of ministering to our friends in ministry who recently lost their first son-Olaolu.
Olaolu died in October 2015,at the age of 26. It was a huge loss to the Abrahams family after about 20 years of battling Olaolu’s ailment. Our friends(Olaolu’s parent) had to travel to the United Kingdom where Olaolu had been living with them before they relocated back to Nigeria.
The news of his death took us by surprise,and it was a grievous moment for the family but God gave them courage and strength to go through the period of grieving. After about 2 months in the UK the family returned back home,and what did they do?
They decided to hold a special thanksgiving service in memory of their beloved Son. Tell me who does that for a son, whom, a lot of people from my side of the world would think was cut off in his prime. It takes people who really know their God, and who have come to point of total trust and confidence in Him. That singular gesture alone made my faith stronger.
We were ask to come and lead the worship session and sing some songs for the memorial service, the day came and we were there to set up and get ready as friends and loved ones came into the hall, one after the other.
As we started the program I knew we were in for something beyond words as the peace of God permeated the atmosphere, at first I was afraid that some people will start crying and I wouldn’t be able to hold my tears as I sang, Instead there was an unusual calmness and we could feel the tangible presence of the great Comforter Himself.
One after the other, families and friends paid tribute to the beautiful life of Olaolu,how he lived a great life even though it seemed short-lived.One thing that stood out in the whole memorial and the life of Olaolu and his family was the power and the Influence of music in the family. We were told of how they listened to a lot of music at a tender age .Olaolu’ all time favorite was Ron Kenoly’ mourning into dancing, it was a honor to do that same song in memory of the beautiful soul, to see how God brought comfort like a friend to the Abraham’s family.
Friedrich Nietzsche,the German intellectual goliath writes;
God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards,Music unites all qualities; it can exalts us,divert us, cheer us up,or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things ,to elevate,even to make us tremble…. The musical art often speaks in sounds more penetrating than words or poetry and takes hold of the most hidden crevices of our hearts…Songs elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true.
Yet again, I saw how songs practically brought healing to people. I cannot even describe in words the warmth, consolation and assurance of God’s love as we heard and sang those great evergreen songs over and over again.
You might want to check out these songs it will be of immense help to anyone going through any form of challenges as life happens to us all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWcxfIOICI3M- Andrea crouch/Cece
My Charge to you musician out there is this,
*What impact does your music have in the lives of people?
*Is your music able to stand the test of time?
There is a great power in music, therefore those of who have been laden with the responsibilities of this power, need to understand and come to terms with the truth that our lives as well as others is dependent on how we exercise this power for the greater good of all.
Remember How David’s music benefited king Saul. 1 Sam 16:14-23.