Praise God for Music

Karen Hoffman

READ : Job 38:1-18

 

Sociologists and anthropologists have hypotheses as to how primitive man created music. Some think that music originated as “an imitation of bird calls, rhythms demanded by work, or for lulling an infant” (Encyclopedia Britannica). Britannica does concede that primitive music involved an effort to try to connect with the supernatural. As Christians, we know how music originated-God created music!

During the most difficult time in my life, I found comfort in the book of Job. We read today from Job 38, “The morning stars sang together” while God laid the cornerstone of creation. When we think of the rhythm of the crashing surf, when we hear the hauntingly beautiful, mournful recordings of whale songs, when we awaken on a spring morning to the song of a wren which seems to be more than that tiny throat should be capable of, then we should know that God created music.

The book of Job comforts me because of its vivid reminders of God’s omnipotence. In the same way I am comforted by Handel’s Messiah, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth!” Let the measured stately words of the doxology sink into your being: “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”

PRAYER

Father, we thank You for Your gift of music. May it be used to praise and honor You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.