How grateful I am that God created music! Since I can remember, music has been a big part of my family. My mom was an excellent pianist having played since she was six years old and learned the style of Rudy Atwood. My dad sang, which was a chore to him. I will say that he learned to play the radio quite well. 🙂 I played the trumpet and treble clef baritone in the band, and my wife played the clarinet. My oldest daughter plays the piano and my youngest daughter is multi-gifted as she can play several instruments.
Music has been a strong guiding force and source of encouragement as well as “setting the atmosphere” in our lives many times. Music has shown up in so many venues of our life such as in the car, at church, around the table, at a concert, while washing the car, driving through the countryside, on a date, on the back deck, running early in the morning, etc. Music has touched us in so many ways from excitement, tears, raising a hand or two accompanied with a shout of praise, exhortation, foot tappin’, and on and on.
Due to a year of many trials in all “shapes and sizes” (James 1:2), music has found a common resting place in our hearts to encourage, edify and strengthen us. Here’s one song that I often hear as I run. It is one that folks in our church have found to be a “song in the night.” Let the words minister to you today, and thank God for music!
Job 35:10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night.
Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psalm 119:54 Your statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.