Lately, it seems, I’ve become more aware of the wondrous gift of music. I was feeling a bit blue the other day until a YouTube video came across my path. Of all things, it was elephants…swaying in rhythm to the notes flowing from the strings of a violin next to their enclosure. Elephants!
I couldn’t help but smile and wonder at their intuitive response to this beauty. I do believe they were rejoicing and feeling JOY as they swayed their trunks back and forth. It was a mild rebuke to my downcast soul…and I was inspired!
The music was Bach, my favorite composer, whose music always seems to precisely express the condition of my heart. Listening to Bach is like liquid joy, comfort, celebration and empathy, poured into my soul for renewal and refreshment. At times, his music feels like going on a journey or listening to a story. There are moments of frolicking and merriment, but also songs played in a minor key that feel more like mourning and loss.
Bach’s music is a beautiful gift to us – one in which the Creator speaks to us of His love.
In Luke 19 we read of the Pharisees’ rebuke of those singing praises to Jesus during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, “…the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
Jesus responded by saying, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
In our silence, even the hardest, most inanimate, of creation will rise up and musically rejoice over who He is.
Long ago, God asked Job if he had been there when “the morning stars sang together.” Stars actually sang together? Wow.
Stars singing, rocks crying out, elephants swaying… “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”…the MUSIC! And in the hearing, may we understand, more fully, God’s beautiful character.
From the book The Haunted Bookshop…
“Humanity is yearning now as it never did before for truth, for beauty, for the things that comfort and console and make life seem worthwhile.”
There is beauty to be found in music, and we are all yearning for the comfort and consolation it can bring. Make room for this gift in your life this week. Sing, sway, dance…and rejoice! I guarantee God will use it as a reminder that life, indeed, is worthwhile.
Here’s a bit of Bach to get you started ~