Music and Vocation

I enjoy music, as I suspect most (all?) people do.  Music has the ability to not only convey emotions, but actually to conjure them up along with the memories associated with them.  Perhaps this is why we, as a culture, tend to treat musicians with a respect which approaches reverence.

Music itself is mentioned in the Bible, first in Genesis 4:21 (“His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe”) and later becomes an integral part of the life of Israel, with David himself playing instruments and writing Psalms set to music.  The New Testament Church continued with a love of music, and the early Christians gathered together to sing hymns, with Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and others (including the Roman governor Pliny the Younger) mentioning the practice.  We continue the singing of hymns in worship today, using them as ways to teach theology to both youth and adults.  And we look forward to the resurrection when the entire Church will sing praises to God and the Lamb forever.

One thing I’ve noticed is that even if people have failing memories, they can still remember certain things related to the Faith.  When I’ve visited people in assisted-living homes and hospitals I’ve been amazed that they consistently remember the following: the Apostles Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and hymns.  The Lord has seemingly engraved music on our souls as a way to help us remember the Faith and sing praises to Him as our Creator as well as to enjoy life more fully.

 

(The image is of my guitars.  I don’t play that great, but I enjoy playing.  From left-to-right: a Seagull Maritime SWS SG, a Seagull S6, and a Yamaha FG730S.  I also have an inexpensive electric guitar, but prefer to play the acoustics – especially the Seagull Maritime).