OPEN HEAVENS DAILY FOR TEENS 2ND MAY 2020: WORLDLY MUSIC
MEMORISE: And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. 1 Samuel 16:23
READ: 1 SAMUEL 16:15-23
And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.
And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep.
And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul.
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer.
And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
In the late 1970s, I was an ardent fan of Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and Fela. As a young Christian, I saw nothing wrong in listening to their songs. I kept enjoying the vibes from their albums until one fateful day I attended an evening bible study.
The teacher instructed “that all secular music records must leave your house“, using 1 John 2:15-17 as a basis. I struggled in my spirit and was not willing to accept this. On my way home that evening, the Holy Spirit did not let me rest.
He kept reiterating that I had heard the truth. That same night, I got rid of all my secular albums and as time went by, I replaced them with gospel music.
I observed that going to bed, having listened to worldly songs, has a way of affecting your sleep.
There was a particular song I listened to before my bedtime and demons came chasing in my dream but when I started listening to gospel songs, I discovered that I usually dream of angels, victories or wake up singing praises to God. I have been experiencing peace like never before.
If Jesus physically asks to see the playlist on your phone will you be proud to show it to Him? Any music that does not glorify God or build up your spirit man is poisonous. Gospel music can chase demons away and bring you peace (1 Samuel 16:23).
Delete every worldly sing on your phone and choose to only listen to gospel music henceforth.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 KINGS 3-5; LUKE 23:1-26
1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
AUTHORS: Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye