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Good Morning April 24

I have a hymnal on my desk with 600 hymns in it. There is an on-line hymnal I use with several thousand hymns. Music plays a large part in the expression of our faith. Even if we are not good in singing, music elevates our spirit, and focuses our attention on the center of our worship, Jesus Christ. Music is present throughout the Scripture as an expression of praise. “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy”, the Psalmist says.(33:3) Music has a way of reaching deeply inside our soul, and connecting us in a very real way to our Lord. “Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. “(Ps.150:3-6) Keep a song to the Lord in your heart today.

Good Morning August 26

Music is spoken of in many places in the Psalms. Some of it gets quite noisy – sounding of trumpets, harps and lyres, tambourine and dancing, strings and flutes, the clash of cymbals, and resounding cymbals. (Psalm150) But it is all aimed at the outpouring of praise and thanksgiving to our gracious God. Consider Psalm 71. “I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you – I, whom you have redeemed. …”(vss.22-24) Well we might say, “that is really not my style of worship.” The point here is not one of style. It is a heart so filled with gratitude to our gracious Lord that it can’t be contained. Those who were the first witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ were so filled with joy that it couldn’t be contained. It was so great that they spread the word to all the world in their generation. Jesus is still alive, and has done just as much for each of us. Should not our hearts overflow with joy?

Good Morning March 10

Yesterday I had the occasion to be in a doctors waiting room, a fast food restaurant, and a supermarket. In each of those places music was playing, and I must say not to my taste or the volume I would prefer. No one was really listening to it. It was just there. I had to wonder, what is the problem with silence? I go to the Y several times a week to exercise. Most of the people have their ear buds in. Can we not stand our own thoughts? Or have we become so dull that we have no thoughts, we really meditate upon nothing beyond the current noise in our ears? I know this is one of my pet peeves, but I think there’s truth in it. There is so much to observe in the world around us. There are so many people for whom we can offer a brief prayer. There are so many world events that can occupy serious thought. There are so many passages of Scripture that can be held in mind to calm and quiet our hearts. Silence is not to be feared, but to be cherished. For out of it God speaks.

Good Morning January 6

In life the Lord give us little glimpses of His heavenly kingdom. I don’t mean to be sentimental but I believe it is true. We had the opportunity yesterday afternoon to attend a concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with a soprano soloist. It was wonderful. I always marvel at the harmony in such presentations, and that is my point. There were 80 or so musicians, and a variety of instruments. A violin sounds nothing like a trumpet, nor a flute like a harp, and then add a human voice. All vastly different yet blended together in the most beautiful harmony. The marvel of it all is the composer and the conductor. The composer designs the music perfectly for each individual instrument, and know precisely how it will fit together with all the others. The conductor guides the timing and the level at which each plays. Meditate on this a bit, and we get a small picture of what our Lord is seeking to do with each one of us. It is Jesus who works in each of our different hearts to fit us together in the harmony of His life, and He will not stop until the composition is complete.

Good Morning May 11

Music is throughout the Psalms, and some gets quite noisy – sounding of trumpets, harps and lyres, tambourine and dancing, strings and flutes, the clash of cymbals, and resounding cymbals. (Ps.150) But it is all aimed at the outpouring of praise and thanksgiving to our gracious God. Or consider Psalm 71. “I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you – I, whom you have redeemed. …”(vss.22-24) “Well,” we might say, “that is really not my style of worship.” The point here is not one of style. It is a a heart so filled with gratitude to our gracious Lord that it can’t be contained. We have just come through the Easter account, retelling the amazement of those first witnesses to the risen Christ. Their joy couldn’t be contained. It was so great that they spread the word to all the world in their generation. Jesus is still alive, and has done just as much for each of us. Should not our hearts overflow with joy?

Good Morning April 7

I have a hymnal on my desk with 600 hymns in it. There is an on-line hymnal that I use with several thousand hymns. Music plays a large part in the expression of our faith. Even if we are not good in singing, music elevates our spirit, and focuses our attention on the object of our worship, Jesus Christ. Music is present throughout the Scripture as an expression of praise. “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” the Psalmist says. (33:3) Music has a way of reaching deeply inside of us, connecting us in a very real way to our Lord. “Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. “(Ps.150:3-6) Keep a song to the Lord in your heart today.

Good Morning November 9

We attended a Bach concert on Sunday afternoon. It was very enjoyable. The music was majestic. At one point the conductor stopped to explain the meaning in the various harmonies. Certain melodies indicated, for example, a halo over the Lord Christ, and so forth. I enjoyed the music greatly, but I’m afraid the tone pictures went over my head. I’m not a musician, and don’t really understand the depth of what was being played. It struck me that this is the way many approach the Bible. We read the surface text, and either like it or not. This is usually an emotional reaction about whether we think it is reasonable or important to us. Unless we understand the deeper picture of where it fits into the whole message that God is seeking to share in His Word, it doesn’t impact our lives. Like music, Bible study takes continuous effort, but the value is beyond measure. It draws us more deeply into Christ.