1 My heart is steadfast,O God!
I will sing and make melody with all my being!
2 Awake,O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn! (ESV)
Music is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. We read here of how the psalmist sees it as a natural way of praising God. Music stirs our emotions and speaks to parts of us that the written word may not reach. It gets into the bloodstream of the infant and penetrates the confusion of the aged or infirm.
It is a sad mistake to view music in church as simply another means of teaching: sung doctrine. Of course music is educative and the words put to music are to convey truth and not error. But music can stir our souls in ways that may not be easily captured in words.
And we dare not confine such thoughts to so called ‘Christian’ music,whatever that may be. For those of us who love classical music,the music of Wagner or Beethoven or Tchaikovsky can be a source of great inspiration and blessing irrespective of the character of the composers of it.
As we listen to our music,we do well to thank God for it. The way it evokes memories of people and places; the way it allows us to get in touch with feelings beyond words. Such music is God’s way of reminding us that despite all that is happening there is good in his world. It is his way of reminding us that he doesn’t just get through to us in sermons and Scriptures and seminars.
Music,it seems,is one of his many love languages to us.