Music seems to be part of my DNA. My grandmother was a locally renowned concert pianist. My son plays guitar, bass and drums. My daughter has a beautiful voice. I got neither musical talent, nor a great singing voice, but I grew up listening to my mom playing the piano, trying to meticulously work her way through classical pieces. My favorite was and remains the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Recently, my mom had a reel to reel recording of my grandmother’s rendition transferred to CD. She sent me a copy and in no time it has become one of my most prized possessions.
Listening to the Moonlight Sonata still brings me to a place of peace as I can hear the sound of the rolling waves, picture the moonlight washing over the water, but now it also transports me to a place where I think about God’s creation. How everything that is beautiful in this world to me - music, the sound of the ocean, flowers, trees, butterflies, mountains, my husband, my children, my sisters, my mom, my dad (who now rests in the arms of Our Father in heaven), my mother and father-in-law (also resting in Jesus’ arms), my extended family and in-laws, my friends, and my church family – are all created gifts of God, brought into my life to enrich and bless God’s world.
I am grateful that God has claimed me for his own and given me talents and abilities that bring him glory. Although I have not been blessed with the ability to play an instrument or sing on key, I can (and do) raise my voice in praise to the Lord who has blessed me so richly. My singing may not be considered beautiful by those who sit near me during worship or hear me singing along to contemporary Christian music in my car, but I sing God’s praises with a heart bursting with joy and awe of my Lord. And for me, who has a deep abiding love for my Savior and music, I promise you that those notes I try desperately to reach are joyful! I am thankful for the love of Jesus and will worship him with a glad heart, even if the words of my mouth may not always be pleasing to human ears. To my God whose love endures forever, it is a “joyful noise.”
I guess my point in all this is that music is a gift from God and that this gift, along with all his other gifts to us, are to be used to bring him glory. I think that’s one of the reasons the Psalmist exhorts us to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100, NRSV)
Father in heaven, creator of all, we praise you that you have claimed us as your flock. We thank you for the abundance of blessings you shower upon us. Your love that endures forever is a priceless treasure and we enter into your presence with songs of thanksgiving. Grant that we may never forget to remain faithful to you, who is always faithful to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Joyfully singing unto the Lord,
Listen to a rendition of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata 1st movement here.