A family’s first days with a new baby should be filled with precious interactions and memories. However, for families in the NICU, this time is also marked by heartbreaking challenges. Yet studies are showing that an intentional introduction of music in the NICU can help in powerful ways:
Music benefits for NICU families make sense in light of God’s designs. As He wonderfully knits together a little one in their mother’s womb, He makes them in His image—and He is the inventor of music. Whether we consider ourselves musically inclined or not, each of us was created by the One who gave the birds their songs and wrote the first compositions and melodies.
In the Psalms and throughout Scripture, we discover music’s integral role in life. Music is an expression of God’s creativity and delivers His peace. In God’s Word, music often accompanies difficult times. It uniquely restores the listener. God uses music in a NICU room to strengthen a little one’s body, mind, and spirit while also ministering to the souls of weary parents, nurses, and doctors.
As God’s art, musical melodies are inherently good. However, when they carry timeless messages of God’s love, presence, and power, they are especially suited to make a profound difference in the NICU.
One NICU mother said this: “We listened to Scripture Lullabies for two months while our boy was in the NICU. It was a testimony to the nurses and other parents there. The music helped keep my heart calm during times of sadness. Here he is today. God’s perfect creation.”
As you pray over a little one in the NICU, let God’s Word guide your requests. His truth can inform your words and help you pray in line with His desires while remembering His promises set forth in Scripture.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4
“I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD Himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” Psalm 121:1-8
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5
“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1