Music seems to be an integral part of who we are as people. It’s a pervasive part of our culture; from the music played in stores and offices, to the music played over the phone while you are on hold, to the jingles used in advertisements and the poignant songs used in movies. Music is an effective way to teach children colors, shapes, and the alphabet. Our lives start with the lullabies sung by our parents and end with the hymns played at our funerals. We have stereo systems to enjoy at home, radios and car stereos for when we travel, and “portable music” has evolved from ghetto blasters to portable cassette players to barely visible ear buds. And of course, online music sharing sites attract millions of visitors. No matter what we do, it seems that our lives are twined together with music.
Martin Luther, the 16th century Reformer, must have agreed, for he wrote:
With all my heart I would extol the precious gift of God in the noble art of music… Music is to be praised as second only to the Word of God because by her all the emotions are swayed. Nothing on earth is more mighty to make the sad joyful and the joyful sad, to hearten the downcast, mellow the overweening, temper the exuberant, or mollify the vengeful… This precious gift has been bestowed on people to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord. But when natural music is sharpened and polished by art, then one begins to see with amazement the great and perfect wisdom of God in His wonderful work of music…He who does not find this an inexpressible miracle of the Lord is truly a clod and is not worthy to be called a human being.
So, I’ve decided to begin a new series here on my blog: Music Mondays! Each week you’ll hear a new song… everything old and new, from classical pieces to modern selections, from worship songs to music from different cultures around the world. Fast and slow, quietening and uplifting… I look forward to sharing my favorite music with you all.
And to begin our series, here’s the relatively new band Anthem Lights doing an acoustic version of one of their own songs, called, “Can’t Get Over You.” The first time I heard this song, I was impressed by the beautiful way that these men harmonize together and by the pure worship that is expressed in their song. I find myself listening to this song over and over again, and I’m sure you will as well!
May you all have a blessed week and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!