By Karen O’Connor:
I expect to find God in music at church during worship or on a Christian radio station. But what comes as a surprise is to experience God even when listening to Bach or Beethoven, Celine Dion or Josh Groban, or the inspiring jazz piano of Beegie Adair. Not only do I enjoy the melodies and the song lyrics but I like contemplating God’s hand in every note. He gave the artists the talent to write the music, the singers and instrumentalists the ability to perform, and listeners the ears to hear. What a joy it is to put on a CD in my car or tune into Pandora Radio on my iPhone and be carried away by the various choices I make.
I’m reminded at such times of the importance of music throughout the ages, even during Bible times:
“Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better . . .” (1 Samuel 16:23).
Perhaps the most well known reference to music in the Bible is Psalm 150:
Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
Find God in music and you will never be without comfort and peace.
Enjoy this inspiring You Tube video of harpist Janet Collison, whose music was inspired by the Bible verse Zephaniah 3:17 ”
… He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
©Karen O’Connor (www.karenoconnor.com). Karen contributes regularly to Finding God Daily. She is a multi-book author, magazine article writer, public speaker and instructor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.