Music is a constant in most of our lives and in the Bible as well. The first musician, Jubal, is mentioned
as ‘the father of all who play the harp and flute’ in Genesis 4:21. In Exodus, after the parting of the red
sea, Miriam and all the women played timbrels and danced.
Perhaps the biblical figure who is most remembered for his musical ability is David. David charmed
others with his harp playing, wrote songs and made music.
Psalm 22 begins with ‘For the director of
music—to the tune of ‘The Doe of the morning’—A Psalm of David. The Psalms speak often of praising
the Lord with song. Nowhere is it more evident that music was used for worship than in Psalm 150.
Many other times in the Old Testament, music was mentioned. King Solomon was credited with writing
more that 1,000 songs. Solomon also had many musicians in his court. In II Kings, Elisha’s minstrel
played and then Elisha gave prophecies.
In the New Testament, hymns were a source of comfort and strength as early Christians faced their
challenges. Jesus sang hymns with his disciples. One of the most mentioned times is after the Last
Supper—‘When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.’ (Mark 14.26)
In Acts 16:25 Paul and Silas used hymns to comfort themselves when they were in prison—‘About
midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening
Wonderful things happen when the church family sings! The power and effect of music is still as strong
today as it was so many years ago. Let me share a little of what is happening here in Rockland…..during
the last number of months, music has been provided and encouraged by the vocal Choir; the Chambers
Family Singers; instrumentalist (both organ and piano); soloists; and a visiting men’s quartet. Forms of
music have included Cantatas presented by a visiting choir from Redeemer Alliance and by the local
Choir; St. Andrews with cooperation from another Church family sponsored a musical evening with Carolyn
Arends – a nationally accomplished Christian songstress at St. Patrick Public School.
And there’s more…..
A local business donated a Lowry Theatre Organ to St. Andrews and another business donated a Baby
Grand Piano…both instruments are used by accomplished musicians. We are most appreciative of these
substantial gifts and the ministry of these two musicians.
Our challenge—to diligently prepare and present music to glorify the Lord that will lift the hearts of
people as they worship with us each week.
So join us next Sunday….sing your ‘heart out’ with us….and experience the joy and strength of Music.