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"The Blessing Of Music"
Message summary: Music is a great aid in remembering and transmitting spiritual truths. It's hard for me to admit this as a preacher but I suspect it's more likely that people remember the music sung in our church services than the sermons I preached!
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"Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and said, 'I will sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My fatherís God, and I will extol Him'" (Exodus 15:1,2). "Miriam the prophetess, Aaronís sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing. Miriam answered them, 'Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea'" (Exodus 15:20,21).
Yesterday afternoon we attended a concert at Roxbury Holiness Camp in Roxbury, PA and heard Lauren Talley, a musician we have enjoyed for many years. We are most familiar with her music when she sings in the Talley Trio along with her Mom and Dad. We especially enjoy her storytelling songs, some set in modern times, others based upon Bible stories.
Her song "Hidden Heroes" for instance deals with two hidden heroes; a mother faithfully providing for the needs of her child with major disabilities and a husband honoring his vows as he lovingly cares for his wife who has dementia.
Music is a great aid in remembering and transmitting spiritual truths. It's hard for me to admit this as a preacher but I suspect it's more likely that people remember the music sung in our church services than the sermons I preached!
After the crossing of the Red Sea Moses and the sons of Israel sang a song celebrating their victory. This is the first worship song in the Bible and it not only has praises to God but also reinforces the history that just took place. We, of course, don't know the original tune but we recall a chorus based on the first several verses we sang often many years ago. (See below for link).
The song, recorded in 18 Scripture verses, mixes praise to God with a reminder of the great deliverance the people had just experienced and points to His help in what was to lie ahead. It's a song to remind the Israelites that our trust is not in the power, might and strength of man, but our trust is in the mighty name of the Lord God, conqueror of any foe that seeks to destroy us.
Some 1,500 years after this John had a vision of heaven and we find this song mentioned again. "And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (Revelation 15:3). The song of Moses is generally considered to be today's portion of Scripture so this would make today's portion not only the oldest recorded praise song sung but a song sang in heaven!
A key verse in what sounds like part of the Psalms states,
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My fatherís God, and I will extol Him.
That's a timeless truth we can each musically declare today as we consider how so much music; ancient, prior to our age, and modern has these themes.
It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
and Your faithfulness at night.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, many of our praises and words of thanksgiving, prayers and petitions we musically present to You. Whether our hearts overflow with joy and thanksgiving or fill up with pain and sorrow, praise songs of rejoicing or songs written during one's anguish begin to minister to our innermost needs. I'm so thankful that You, our loving Father, quiet us with Your love and rejoice over us with singing. The Psalmist declares that it is good for us to praise You, our Father, and to make music to Your name, O Most High. We are to proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night. Your presence awaits us in the early morning dawn and at the close of each day, for which we are eternally grateful. Amen.
"The Lord Your God is with You. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in You, He will quiet You with His love, He will rejoice over You with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).
Saturday morning Jesse and Wilma Dourte, now in their mid-nineties joined us for Brunch. Brooksyne served Tomato Corn Pie, Cheesy garlic grits, and buttermilk biscuits. It was the Dourte's first time to eat Tomato Pie. Wilma, who often struggles with her memory, asked Brooksyne four different times, "Now what is that dish?" She couldn't remember the name of the dish but she sure enjoyed the taste, finally saying, "I want another piece of THAT" as she pointed to the pie!
We had another heavy rain Friday night and more flooding in our area. This is Little Chique's Creek right below the rental farmhouse we first lived in when we moved to Lancaster County in 2001. When we lived there a Covered Bridge crossed at this point but sadly it succumbed to arsonists after we moved.
You know you're getting fresh corn when you stop by the Corn Wagon near Millersville, PA, with tractor and wagon backing up after the morning picking.
Another view of the displays at Cherry Hill Orchards. The old fruit boxes work well for adjustable shelves.
While we were at Roxbury Camp for the concert yesterday we ran into Mervin Buckwalter. Now in his mid-70's he still enjoys buying old cars, restoring them and reselling them. He has had some real gems over the years. Mervin also loves to play piano, telling me that one time he sat at the piano for over 3Ĺ hours and played by ear (memory) one gospel song after the other without a break and without repeating a song. Now that's a musical marathon if there is such a thing!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"I Will Sing Unto The Lord" Video Chorus based on the first part of today's passage
"Hidden Heroes" Video Lauren Talley
"People In The Line" Video Lauren Talley
"Broken Ones" Video Lauren Talley
"His Life For Mine" Video Lauren Talley
Last night we stopped and picked up some Turkey Hill ice cream and noticed the famous Turkey Hill cow is wearing a celebrative hat!
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