Tune Our Hearts, part 6

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Tune my heart to sing Thy grace In the fifth grade I started playing the trumpet in the school band. Well, that’s not entirely true. In the fifth grade I started making awful, brassy noises that could only loosely be called “playing.” But, I learned about musical notation, which fingers to push down, tuning, breathing, and all the fundamentals needed to actually play a trumpet. It was often boring and time-consuming–and sometimes painful (you don’t know what buzzing your lips together in a small brass bowl can do to you until you have tried to do it for an hour straight). Continue reading

Tune Our Hearts, part 5

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Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Music allows us to express our emotions in ways we would not be able to without music. The lyrics to our hymns are thoughtful and challenging, but the songs are moving and inspirational. The message of the hymn has more impact with the music because it is more emotional with the music. Just imagine the infamous funeral scene when a parade of police officers walks somberly through city streets, memorializing a fallen colleague, with the bagpipes playing Amazing Grace in the background. Continue reading

Tune Our Hearts, part 4

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Tune my heart to sing Thy graceWorship is not just meant for God. In fact, Paul told the Greek (geek?) philosophers at the Areopagus that God is not “served by human hands, as though he needed anything.” (Acts 17:25). We could certainly say that God wants and enjoys our worship, but not that He needs it. But, we do–for several reasons. Continue reading

Tune Our Hearts, part 3

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Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Music is important to God. This idea is not more clear than in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16:

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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Tune Our Hearts, part 2

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Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

David had a heart for his God. So, when David realized that he lived in a beautiful palace while God’s house was a tent, he felt guilty. He wanted to build God a proper house. And, God said, “Okay. But, you won’t build it. Your son will.”

In 1Chronicles 25, David arranges 4,000 of the Levites into singers and musicians to serve as a temple choir. This is a little surprising because in all of the instructions about worship in the tabernacle, God gave no legislation concerning musical worship.

God kept David in the loop, though. Continue reading

Tune Our Hearts, part 1

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Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

I love music. I love to sing. I always have.

I particularly enjoy singing with other Christians. I love the harmonies and the encouragement. I love worshiping God in song.

One of my favorite worship songs is an old hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing. I am especially fond of the first verse:

Come Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.

It’s such a majestic thought, that God’s “streams of mercy” that never end call on me to worship Him with “songs of loudest praise.” Continue reading

On Life and Music

John Denver was a talented musician, a hero in the folk music realm. If he had one musical weakness, though, it was this: he never wrote a song in a minor key. He always wanted to write upbeat music, the kind that makes people smile. But, music, like life, is more complex than that. It is not all major keys and well-timed resolutions. It is not all sunshine on our shoulders and Rocky Mountain highs. But, it is not, for that reason, any less beautiful.

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An Unanswered Question

Did you know that infants recognize music? Not only do they recognize it, but they can become attached to it, even specific songs or styles of music. They “dance” to it. Many are captivated by an opportunity to punch a few keys on a piano. Are they just enthralled by noise? Are they simply responding to auditory stimuli?

Even unborn babies hear music. Some expectant mothers say that they feel kicks when music plays, or even when particular songs play. Some researchers have claimed that playing Mozart or Beethoven for your unborn baby can increase brain development. Are unborn babies merely responding to harmonically correspondent sound waves?

Isn’t it simply amazing that music can match our emotions and create moods? Continue reading