Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

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MUSIC

No matter our age, no one can escape the fact that music is all around us; heard in different ways; interpreted with many different meanings; written in a variety of expressions from the deepest love feelings to anger to pleading to express our neediness to reflect all of our emotions both positive and negative. At different times in our lives music seems to be more important and intimate in our life than just plain words. Taking music out of our lives, even when we don’t agree with the ‘tunes’ others hear, would be devastating. Whether heard in a church or a concert or a night club or a nursery, or while doing our work, or wherever, music arouses in us a different feeling more than most any other way that we receive sound. Music can change our lives for the positive as it touches something within us that can be touched in no other way. To some music expresses our feelings, desires   better than simple words which we seem to find inadequate or hard to find. This is as true today as it was in Biblical times. The Psalms did it all.

The Psalms were songs of prayer. “In the Psalms David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the first prophet of Jewish and Christian prayer” (Catechism) There are 150 Psalms 73 attributed to David. These hymns/songs/prayers were about liturgical worship, enthronement, praise, thanksgiving, lament, distress, deliverance from sin, wisdom, Torah (instruction and law) and all other human needs. “…….they    inspire us to voice our deepest feelings and aspirations.” The Psalms were very communal but could also inspire individual worship. Even after kingship (David) disappeared, the ‘songs’ continued.

Examples from the Bible Psalms: “My part, I have resolved, O Lord, is to obey Your word.  With all my heart I implore Your favor: show mercy of Your promise…..P.119  “Bless the Lord, my soul!  Lord, my God you are great indeed!….P.104  “Lord, You have probed me, You know me: You know when I sit and stand; You understand my thoughts from afar. My travels and my rest You mark; with all my ways You are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, You know it all…….”P. 139  “Deliver me, Lord, from the wicked; preserve me from the violent.  From those who plan evil in their hearts, who stir up conflicts every day, who sharpen their tongues liked serpents, venom of asps upon their lips…..” P. 140  The Psalms have it all and yet how informed are we in our knowledge of these very beautiful words/songs for us, about God, and about our troubles and    successes in life—then and now. This is one more way that we can relate to our Lord which is as necessary today as it was then.  Nothing is new under the sun to our Lord. And nothing is so disappointing as a people who don’t recognize their need to have the Lord in every way every day in their lives. The Psalms spoke to God about everything that affected these Christians every day in every way.  Read them and listen.