Making A Joyful Noise To The Lord!
“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”
Writing today’s post was a no-brainer when I happened upon an editorial response in a news publication that was referring about the travesty that has been introduced into our worship services by including (dare I even write the words?) the heathen style of worship music made commonplace by today’s Christian rock bands. And suddenly I was transported in mind to the 1984 movie “Footloose” and to the infamous scene where Kevin Bacon’s character addresses the town council meeting in an attempt to change the local ordinance banning the rite of passage for High School students everywhere, the Senior Prom. But it was his use of Biblical passages to support his view that made the greatest impact in his address to these people. And, as we know, he fails to change the law, but he does succeed in opening some eyes to thinking about the possibilities that there is a time and a place for all things. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sow; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”___Why is it that the more life and times change, the more they stay the same? Why do some people not see that this form of praise is still praise and worship in the eyes of the Almighty? When so many young people are turning away from Him, why do some seek to drive still others away? And especially over an opinion about a medium that has celebrated every milestone and event in human life for thousands upon thousands of years? The notes of songs resonate with the magic of life. When you are experiencing the depths of despair, the magic can lift you up and help you to overcome your anguish! And even our moments of happiness can be transported to moments of sheer bliss through music!___Almost 3500 years ago, a fair-haired shepherd boy lived and dreamed and wrote what might just be the greatest collection of songs of praise ever compiled into one literary masterpiece. In fact, the works are described in a way in 1 Chronicles 13:8 NKJV, that resonates like a story of any conventional rock group of today. “Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.” And yet, by today’s standards, David’s tributes which range from moments of utter despair to the moments of the ecstasy of his greatest joys, might just raise a few eyebrows. And yet, should we be able to peer into a crystal ball and see our world in another thousand years, I have no doubt that some of our more successful contemporary rock musicians such as DC Talk, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Audio Adrenaline, might well be viewed in the very same light.___Instead of seeking to tear down the heart, mind and soul of today’s young people, who are just now discovering and reveling in the magic and joy that faith gifts us with, why not try for a moment to see the world through a new set of eyes….young eyes. What you discover might just surprise you! What these young musicians are striving to do is to give new believers the tools, in a language that they can understand, to strengthen their walk along the new pathways that faith is leading them to! And isn’t this the very same thing that evangelist and song-leader George Bennard tried to do in 1912 when he wrote, “The Old Rugged Cross”, and when Leonard Cohen wrote “Hallelujah” in 1984! These songs, both songs of praise, resonate differently with everyone but they each evoke emotions that draw us even closer to the Almighty. And isn’t that what compelled David to begin writing his psalms of praise more that 3 millenia ago?
Psalm 23 KJV
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
A Gospel version of the 23rd Psalm
performed by: Cissy Houston & Hezekiah Walker
Accompanied by: The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir
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