By Chazan (Cantor) Jonathan Settel To Give Or Not To Give
At first glance, Messianic music, may reflect the same aroma as all other music. You may say, "All music is the same." The anointing of the Lord is also the same in English, Spanish, Japanese, or any other language, as it is in Hebrew. Why then bother with the Hebrew? A song by any other name is still a song. The music opens itself to the soul and to the spirit. The Lord has given us music to worship Him with. It is a gift much abused and much misused. When the window to our soul is opened any wind may blow in. If it is music with an amoral message, using animal rhythms, and violent connotations, then our ears, our bodies, and our spirits will be plummeted with a beating which may contaminate us for a long time. On the other hand, if the wind that came through our open window is the Holy Wind of God, the Ruach Ha Kodesh touches us and brings us to a place of reverence of the Lord and fills us with the very essence of God. Then we are returned to the "God of our salvation"; a sense of well-being and the holiness of the Lord transcends any corruption in us.
Of course, music in any language may be an emotionally satisfying experience. It will bring us to tears and cause us to "feel the presence of the Lord" and even bring healing to a wounded spirit, temporarily. But when the believer hears Hebrew music, something profound happens. The Hebrew adds a dimension that no other idiom can. In Acts 26:13-14, Paul describes his walk to Damascus. The tale climaxes with his saying, "... a voice came out of heaven in the Hebrew dialect." This heavenly language, when injected into the musical experience, opens to us a new anointing that gives us the inner healing of David's harp.
Indeed, something heavenly happens when one hears the music of the Holy Spirit, the music of Yeshua, as He must have heard it when He was a boy. The liturgy of the Jewish people has a life unto itself, a life that the Holy breath of God has given it. As it is with the Holy Spirit, if we are open to these special musical moments, then we add dimension to our walk, or dance, with the Lord.
The music of Jerusalem is much like the rocks of Jerusalem. They contain the tears that Yeshua Himself shed over her. They are saturated with the groanings of the Jewish people. In that way, the music also reflects the sorrows inflicted on them through mishandling of the gospels and the very words of our Messiah. It is no wonder then that people are moved beyond reason into a spiritual tapestry lead by the Ruach Ha Kodesh, breathed by the Lord, when they hear Messianic Jewish music.
Yes, a Hebraic expression of worship is like any other expression ... only more so.