To Praise – In Heart, In Song, In Life

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The Psalmist declared, “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,  proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp (Psalm 92).”  The praise of God is good.  And here it is linked to music.

Music lifts up, the tones have power. Most people have at some time in their lives been moved by music. Music can express feeling beyond words.  Music then, is an outlet of praise, of feeling, and of joy.

There is a wide variety of musical thought within the Christian tradition, however.  The Society of Friends has traditionally taken a contemplative approach to worship.  This silent approach to seeking the messages of the inner light reflects the words, “You are praised with silence . . . , O God (Psalm 65:1).”  

The churches of The Restoration Movement, cling to the words, ” . . . be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:18b -20).”  This is reflected in the practice of using only A Capella music so that each worships in voice and heart. 

Others rely on the organ or choir to lead their musical praise.  Others still with bands, and choruses.  Each reflects an aspect of the human need to come into contact with the divine.

I personally have no talent with musical instruments.  My singing voice is baritone and not easily adapted to many tenor based melodies.  It isn’t that I can’t sing, it is that I don’t always do it well.  Fair enough the scripture says “make a joyful noise to the Lord.” That at times is an apt description of my efforts.  I once heard an old preacher sum it up this way, “those who can sing – do, those that can’t  – preach.” There is some truth in that.

Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  The heavens, the earth, the sky and all that is in them proclaim God’s glory. Let us find that music in ourselves.  Whether in silence, in song, or in performance – Just Praise.




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