Music is a wonderful gift God has given to mankind. Whether it is the ancient Psalms of the shepherd boy, David, or the modern compositions of today, it is a way of touching the deepest parts of life. Music is in cultures worldwide. And for us it is an expression of our praise and the glory of our gracious Lord. Psalm 22 verse 3 says that the Lord is enthroned on the praises of his people. When we sing or sing along with songs of worship and praise, even if we can’t carry a tune very well, we draw near to the throne of God. God is never far from any of us, but our songs of praise make us more aware of His nearness and His care. “O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.”(Psalm 59:17)
Many passages in Scripture have been set to music. The whole book of Psalms is a hymnal. Many of our hymns are inspired by Bible passages. We sing a number of Scripture choruses in our contemporary worship. There are many taken directly from the King James version. One that I particularly like is from Isaiah 61:3. He gave “them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” I’d like to sing it for you, but that probably wouldn’t be a good idea. The Isaiah passage begins with the words, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty…” We talk so much about the problems in our society as I did yesterday about television programming. We mourn over the loss of Godly values and the pain it has caused our world. But as this verse say our refuge, our hope is in the Lord who promises to changes ashes into beauty, and ultimately all to His glory. This is a song worth singing.