Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Once I began to reach the point with my piano abilities that I could produce beautiful (tolerable?) music I would be immediately drawn to the piano as a sort of comfort in times of trial. The music blessed my soul and gave me a certain peace.
I’m so grateful to the Lord for the gift of music. God created music to give us a way that we could worship Him! I know He delights in listening to His children sing praise to Him.
To study classical music at school gives me much pleasure and is certainly challenging. However, at the end of the day, I will choose a hymn in worship to my Saviour over any Chopin or Bach piece. Earlier today I did my normal routine of going down to the church for a few hours to practice piano and voice. My heart and mind has been very full and heavy these past few weeks and as I sat down to warm up my voice I pulled the hymnal down from the top of the piano and began to lift my voice in praise. It then ceased to be a warmup and turned into my own private time of worship with my Lord. Practice time turned into praise time and Beethoven was left behind. As I left to walk back to my house my heart was overflowing with joy. No longer was it heavy and feeling like it dragged as I walked. In fact, I felt like skipping home! 🙂 God is so good like that.
So I encourage you to take a look at your hymnal a little closer. If you don’t own one….get one! Who says worship in song should be restricted to Sundays and Wednesdays?!? 🙂 I think you’ll find that with a song in your heart and a tune on your lips you’ll have a lighter heart and you’ll bless those around you.
Psalm 7:17- I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
Psalm 150:6- Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD