February, 2011

Reflections on the Gift of Music

“Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” Psalm 105:2

Scripture plainly teaches that God’s people are not only to speak, but also to sing, the truth of God.   – John Frame

In the hymnbooks I know, up to half the songs express praise and love for Jesus in an explicit way.  Weaving them into my prayers moves my heart in the desired direction.  Love of great hymns…has many good effects, and the zeal for the glory of Christ that you catch from them is one of the best helps to holiness that I know.   – J. I. Packer

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.   – Martin Luther

“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.”  Colossians 3:16