Christian music is different, unique in the world. According to Erwin Lutzer, Bach thought that God played a vital role in the composition of music. It was more than just human concoction. Composers like Bach believed that God was moving in the music! It emanated from God.
Handel’s Messiah is a wonderful example of this. Handel wrote this majestic work, this 259 page score, in just 24 days. That’s writing virtually nonstop. He finished on September 14, 1741.
Other religions have chants and booming drums but try to find something like the Messiah or Bach. Great music, worshipful hymns can deeply touch man’s soul, his spirit. Certainly some godly lyrics have been blended with secular tunes. If God can use secular kings like Cyrus for His purposes, songs are also available for His use.
Does Scripture affirm that Judeo-Christian music is from God? Unique?
“He hath put a new song in my mouth” (Psalm 40.3) “. . . His song shall be with me” (Psalm 42.8).
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5.19-20).
We note here that this music is linked closely to God—-is from God—used to make melody, to thank God and to be used in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. God created His music for His purposes.