Friday, February 24, 2012

Music or Noise

 1Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
 2Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. 

Music or Noise

There is nothing that seems to define a culture or an age more than music. Indeed, music is a rather loose term at times; some would ask whether certain forms of music are music or noise!

From the earliest times, music was important to each culture. As a matter of fact, early in the Bible in Genesis 4, verse 21, we read, And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. (KJV) Within just a few generations harps and organs of some sort were in use.

We can safely say, music comes from the heart of God, for many of the psalms speak of praising God with the harp and the cymbals, or, as in Psalm 81: Bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Psalm 81 tells us, Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. God does not even care if it is music or noise, as long as it is done to His glory!

Does not God care if we give Him our best? Is it wrong to speak of music as noise? The important thing to God is not the quality of our singing, but rather the quality of our hearts! Some have been given beautiful voices and others cannot go beyond a monotone, but all can praise God with the fulness of their hearts. Everything on this earth is but a fraction of the glory we will hear in heaven. In heaven, we will all have beautiful voices, and will all be treated to the chorus of Angels.

The important thing to remember is that everything we have or do is to be devoted to the Lord because everything belongs to the Lord.
 11Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. (1 Chronicles 29:11, King James Version)
No matter who we are, whether great or small, we are God's creation, and are thus to give all praise and glory to Him. Even the creatures, who are but dumb brute beasts, give glory to God, their Creator. So whether you produce beautiful music or noise, may it be done for the honor and glory of God, who alone is worthy of our praise.
 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11, King James Version)
God Bless You,
Linda


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