Title: Resonate: Enjoying God’s Gift of Music
Author: Mark Beuving
The local classical radio station is currently running a commercial in which the symphony conductor is asked what it’s like to conduct. His response is a question…
The ends for which we live
One lazy Sunday afternoon, my daughter Janaya, home from Columbia Bible College, was slouched on the couch with a book. “Whatcha reading?” I queried. “The Celebration of Discipline,” came her reply. “Ah, Richard Foster,” I acknowledged; “that’s all about musicians.” She looked puzzled. “No, it isn’t,” came her clear but reticent response. “I’m halfway through and there’s nothing about musicians here.”
Working the muscle of attention
We’ve discussed listening instead of merely hearing. We’ve discussed the context of God’s love affecting how we choose to listen. Now, let’s exercise listening’s capacity to pay attention to God in our lives.
Transforming taste through love
Discerning good music is a hornet’s nest if there ever was one. We often declare what we like as good, tying its value to our taste. This is not unreasonable; like attracts like. We call a restaurant good if it produces quality food with flavours we appreciate. Good friends return our affection for them. Why shouldn’t good music be joined together with our taste?