The wonderful gift of music
O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Psalm 96:1-2 (NRSV)
Recently, I’ve been pondering the wonder that is music. For humanity, all musical notes come from the air – yes, the very air we breathe. Take the notes from any wind instrument or the vocal sounds from a choral group – all use air to generate music. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has had a sad effect on the playing of music around the globe. Singing in public is problematic when it can help spread such a disease. I look forward to when we are able to sing together again.
Music is less an invention of humanity, than it is a miracle sent by a loving Father for us to enjoy. The Lord said to Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?…when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?” (Job 38: 4,7).
Music is very versatile, and we use music to express a myriad of emotions. Sometimes it comforts, sometimes it inspires. So many variations of this art form exist that music can bring satisfaction to us all. Music is also a powerful way for us to worship our gracious God and saviour; so as the Psalmist encourages us, let us sing a new song to the Lord. Indeed, the heavenly response to seeing our risen Lord Jesus was to sing a new song: “You are worthy…by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation…” (Revelation 5:9).
Sometimes singing is the only way to voice the emotions within us. For example, what better way to honour Paul’s urging to ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.’ (Philippians 4:4).
And sometimes only singing can voice the spirit of joy within us. So let’s look forward to singing together again!
Please, Holy Father, help us to see that you really care. As part of your love, you have shared the gift of music to express the joys and sorrows of our hearts. Let us use this gift in our praise of you. We ask you this in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Study by John Merchant
About the writer:
John Merchant attends the Nottingham congregation of Grace Communion International.
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Local congregational contact:
Word of Life contact: