Musings About Music

Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”  Maria von Trapp

“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The point is not to completely understand God but to worship Him. Let the very fact that you cannot know Him fully lead you to praise Him for His infiniteness and grandeur.”Francis Chan

I write the most when I’m going through things. Maybe it is part of the coping process. It very well could be, but I definitely feel like God gives me things to write during trying times. I know it is Him because of the way the information isn’t something I have to try to look up or think a long time about, or create, it just flows through my mind and I type it out as it comes to me. It is kinda hard to explain if you’ve never experienced it, but it is just God giving the words He wants shared. So today what I feel flowing through my mind to share about is music and worship. 

Music is one of the most beautiful ways our hearts are able to express and feel deep emotions. I know God designed our hearts, minds, and souls in this way. He wanted us to have a way to experience and express emotional depth and also experience and express emotional connection through worship. How do we know these things?  Why do we listen to and enjoy music? 

Music may reflect our feelings at times. If we are sad, we may listen to melancholic music. If we are happy, we are often in the mood to listen to upbeat, catchy tunes and lyrics. If we are studying we might listen to classical music.

Music causes our feelings to intensify. Have you ever listened to a love song that perfectly described your romantic feelings for someone? Listening to the love songs that resonated in your heart and mind about that special someone made those feelings stronger. Love songs cause us to think on and ponder the expression of our love for another.

Have you ever been sad and listened to sad, reflective songs and while the music resonated with what you were feeling, it didn’t cause you to feel better? It may be that it even caused your sad feelings to intensify. This is not a surprising phenomenon since music can amplify whatever emotion we are experiencing whether happy, in love, sad, or contemplative.

Music creates a sense of fulfillment. Have you ever listened to a song that resonated with you and you had the sense that the song perfectly described your experience and what you were going through at a particular time? You may have felt the lyrics of the song were written just for you. You may have even heard the song at “just the right time”. I don’t think any of this is a coincidence. We were made to experience the depth of music and it’s lyrics in our souls.

Music cultivates an atmosphere of worship. I play the piano…not super well or anything…but I can play and it is such a fulfilling experience to me. I learned piano as a child and had the wonderful experience of amazing piano instructors as well as not so amazing ones. 😉(For the wonderful piano teachers think-homemade cookies before the piano lesson and singing beautiful vocals along with my attempts at playing hymns and other songs with lyrics. For the the not so wonderful piano instructors- think hit your hand with a ruler or pencil when you play the wrong note and lots of theory exercises.) I love the way music is such an expressive art form. To me the ability to play an instrument is such an enjoyable skill to have. As I’ve been sick with Covid, I love being able to pull out my piano music and play until my hands feel exhausted! It is a soul enriching experience. My favorite types of music are love songs and praise and worship. 

I have discovered a secret however. Whenever I am playing for my favorite person, I am the most fulfilled. Not playing for me, or for my feelings at any particular moment, but when I’m playing for my favorite individual. He doesn’t care if I make a mistake or if it’s a particular style of music. He always listens and never gets tired of what I’m playing. He enjoys the fact that He sees my heart and soul and knows I’m playing for Him. I am honoring Him. I am adoring Him. I am worshiping Him. He is God.

Worshiping through music changes and transforms us. It inclines our hearts to God in ways other forms can’t accomplish. Worship strengthens us, convicts us, builds us up, and even restores us. In other words, when we sing and devote our whole selves to God, something godly happens within us.Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida

What is God’s purpose for music? 

  1. It is an enjoyable gift and form of expression of our emotions and feelings.
  2. Ultimately, music is to facilitate the deepest connection of our hearts and souls to God’s heart in worship.

“The heart of God loves a persevering worshipper who, though overwhelmed by many troubles, is overwhelmed even more by the beauty of God.”-Matt Redman

“The reason for our existence is to quench the thirst of Jesus Christ. When he asked for water, the soldier gave him vinegar to drink—but his thirst was for love, for souls, for you and me.”-Mother Teresa

Ultimately we were created to fellowship, know, love, and worship God. Music is an amazingly beautiful conduit to do so. As we lift our music and worship to God, His presence and love fill our heart.

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”John 4:23-24

Music isn’t just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It’s a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it’s joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven.” — Orson Scott Card

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.”  Thomas Carlyle

Your friend,

Tiffany

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