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“I will sing unto the LORD”: Musical Autobiography

September 7, 2012

Philosophy of Music

As observed, music has been an important part of my life. I cannot imagine life without it. Martin Luther (1483-1546) expressed the significance of music this way: “Music is next to theology.” Of course, whenever I use the word music here I am not referring to worldly, God-dishonoring songs. While not all secular music is evil, we should be wise to discern and to avoid any secular and even “Christian” songs that displease God. Our music, first of all, must glorify the Lord; the musical tunes as well as the texts should be solemnly appropriate and theologically scriptural.

The importance of music in my life is best seen in my Christian growth. Music has been instrumental for my sanctification. Thus, I fully agree with Michael A. G. Haykin when he once said in our class that “hymnody is a vehicle for piety.” While I enjoy psalmody and classical music, I remain a great lover of hymns. Hymns comfort me when I am discouraged: “Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you.” When I sin and feel so unworthy to come to God for forgiveness, they remind me of the: “Wonderful grace of Jesus…, Broader than the scope of my transgressions, Greater far than all my sin and shame.” They challenge me to live a godly life: “Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.” When Satan tries to question God’s faithfulness in my life, they tell me: ‘“Great is Thy faithfulness,’ O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee… All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—‘Great is Thy faithfulness,’ Lord, unto me!” Finally, they teach me to always sing with one of my favorite hymn writers Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915):

“To God be the glory, great things He has done!”

 

To read my entire essay, click here.

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