Who Invented Music?

IMG_0277smallI read an interesting article that reminds me how pompous we humans can be. The article was discussing why humans invented music.


I’m serious. It was a complete discourse on why early humans felt the need to invent music.  And then there was the article that talked about whether humans invented music or just discovered it and that it really was a part of evolution as we became more intelligent and found a need for entertainment and community.


The Bible speaks of music in Genesis. It talks about how Jubal was the father of all who played the harp and flute (Gen. 4:20) Isn’t it interesting that we use the words jubilation and jubilee to talk about joyous celebration?

The Psalms are full of instructions to sing and make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  Singing and making music is a way for us to show our thankfulness to our Lord for all He’s done for us. And in the stories of David and Saul, God showed us that music is also good for our health, both mental and physical. Scientific studies confirm that singing and listening to music reduces stress and makes us healthier. Imagine that!

But just to set the record straight about who in fact invented music, we need only to go to Zephaniah 3:17 to see that the invention of music belongs to God alone.

Zephaniah 3:17 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 by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.  

God sings over us. He rejoices with loud singing. I guess that settles who invented music. But don’t miss the incredible point here.

Have you ever had anyone sing over you? Have you ever felt the desire to sing over someone else? God has. He is so full of joy when He thinks about you that He can’t contain His joy and He bursts into song. That makes me want to sing!

Psalm 104:33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

Psalm 95:1-2 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!