Friday, July 3, 2015

Song, Thought, and Prayer for the Day


Song for the Day God Will Take Care of You by Civilla D. Martin
Thought for the Day
It is one thing to believe that God is able to save your children, but it is another thing to believe that He will save them.
Prayer for the Day
Almighty father I am singing today because you care about us and our children and their children.  Thank You for being such a wonderful and forgiving God.  I do not deserve Your goodness and your love, but I have received it time and time again.  Thank You for forgiving my sins and for purifying my heart.  Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!  Amen.

God’s Servants Sing for Joy of Heart-part 2


God’s Servants Sing for Joy of Heart-part 2

             I remember so vividly that the “naysayers” hinted to Sheila and I that we would never have anything in this life if we continued to teach in a Bible college.  Worse yet, they said that our children would be bitter against the Lord in adult life and would not serve Him.  I am “singing for joy of heart” today because God in His loving kindness has made it possible for us to eat, drink, rejoice and sing for joy of heart over our family. 

            I want to go on record this day that Satan and all of his “naysayers” are mistaken.  God has taken care of us and He has also taken care of our children and their wives and our children’s children!  I wat to pause for just a moment to give praise to God for all He has done and for all He is going to do in the future.  Praise God!

            If you are a Christian musician who is truly a servant of Christ, God will take care of you and He will also take care of your children—and your children’s children.  Regardless of what others may hint or actually say to your face, God will take care of you!  So, stay in His work and refuse to listen to the “naysayers”.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thought, Song, and Prayer for the Day


Thought for the Day
Try taking part of this day to remind God of the wonderful things that He has done for you personally.  “it’s amazing what praising can do.”

Song for the Day Lord We praise You by Otis Skillings

Payer of Praise
I want to praise You Lord and I want to magnify Your name before this present generation.  I want to lift up Your wonderful name.  I want my like to be a positive witness of your everlasting faithfulness. I ant to praise God from whom all blessing abundantly flow.  Surely You are a God of all wisdom and power and might and glorious kindness.  Praise God, You are truly an awesome father.  Thank You Lord that You have sent the Holy Spirit to be my comforter.  These praises I bring before Your Throne.  Amen.

 

God’s Servants Sing for Joy of Heart-part 1


God’s Servants Sing for Joy of Heart-part 1

            Portions of Isaiah 65:13-14 include the following promises to God’s servants: “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat…behold, my servants shall drink…behold, my servants shall rejoice…Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, …Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart…”  At this time in the history of ancient Israel many had apostatized and has provoked the LORD God [Adonai YHVH 136 3069] i.e. the Lord and master who is the sovereign ruler of the universe and is also the self-existent, eternal, independent God.  However, a remnant had listened and obeyed God’s commandments.  Because they had served the LORD God He continued to pour out His blessings on them.

            I believe that since God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 1:8). He will still pour out His blessings on those who obey and serve Him in the twenty-first century.  His love and mercy extends to all Christian musicians who are doing His will.  So, you have a right to sing for joy of heart.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Prayer for this Blog in July


Prayer for this Blog in July

            I want to thank you heavenly Father for helping me to write each daily post during the month of June.  It is my sincere and earnest prayer let this blog will go around the world to places where I cannot go.  Lord, thank You that You are answering my prayer by guiding people from one hundred and one countries to find and read my blog posts. Help me as I prepare a post for each day to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  Only you know Lord who is out there ministering musically that needs a fresh anointing for musical ministry.  Help me to know which philosophical and devotional thoughts will help these busy pastors and musicians.  Lord, you know that I am not sure which aspects of music education and music ministry to write about that will stimulate and encourage the blog family.  Please anoint the blog, the blogger, and the bog readers. If it is your will I am asking that the number of page views will increase during this month. These things I ask in your great and wise and wonderful name.  Amen.

 

Thank you for a Great Month of June

Thank you for a Great Month of June
            Last month was the 30th month of my blog which contained devotional and philosophical thoughts for Christian musicians.  I have been praying that my posts in 2015 would stimulate new blog members and that the regular viewers would also be blessed by their content. It is my continued prayer that each new post will bring honor to our heavenly Father.  My posts in the month of June were a mixture of philosophical and devotional topics. Some of them were expanded discussions of previously discussed material.        Since we began on January 2 of 2013 we have received a total of over 53,000 page views with over 1,800 views in June which is about the amount of views in May of 2015.  Since I started this blog the page views have come from 105 different countries. 

            These views have come from Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Armenia,  Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Colombia, Congo [DRC], Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong,  Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland (Republic of),  Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia,  Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands (Antilles) New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru. Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Porto Rico, Qatar, RĂ©union, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the USA. We would like to welcome American Samoa, that had its first page views this month, to our blog family.

             The ten countries with the most page views in June were: USA, Greece, France, Portugal, Germany, Taiwan, Poland, Canada, American Samoa, and Belarus.

          If you are from a country that has had page views in the past 30 months and has been omitted from the 105 countries listed above, please email me your country’s name.  Please continue to pray with me that God will allow this Music Philosophy Blog to continue to go places where I will never have the opportunity to minister musically in person. Please pray for me, as I have mentioned before, I am in the process of writing a general music philosophy book and a devotional book for musicians. My philosophy book is now in the hands of the content editor.  So, please pray for her as she works on it. Please pray that the proof reader and organizer of the devotional book will have time to also work on this project.
        I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to view my music philosophy blog during the month of June and a special thanks is in order to those countries that faithfully view this blog month after month.  Please continue to pray that God will guide each post and allow it to reach those who need encouragement to keep ministering for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
       The main reason that I started this Music Philosophy blog is that, although there is much music philosophy information on the net, not very much of it is from a biblical perspective.  Please share the blog address with your friends.   If you have an area of music or fine arts philosophy that troubles you, please feel free to let me know and I will include it in our discussions.  My email address is Garenlwolf@gmail.com.
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thought and Song for the Day


Song of Inner Cleansing Cleans Me by J. Edwin Orr
Thought for the Day
Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  This Scripture teaches that presentation of one’s self to God is reasonable.  God will not “take” until the Christian “presents”.

 

A Hymn of Consecration

A Hymn of Consecration
By Francis Havergal
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
            Each line of this famous hymn begins with the word take which means among other things “to get physical possession of”.  This hymn speaks of a person’s desire to allow God to take tangible possession of the Christian’s: life, moments, days, hands, feet, voice, lips, silver, gold, intellect, will, heart, love, and self.
            What can all this mean to the Christian?  Is it possible for a mortal being to actually submit all the things mentioned above?  Is it possible for a Christian musician to become “ever, only, all for Thee?  From the lyrics of this lyric poem it is evident that Francis Havergal believed that it was possible.  One has said that if the Lord is not Lord of all He will not be Lord at all.  Malachi 3:3 teaches, “And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.” 
            I am sobered by the fact that the Levite musicians of ancient Israel were expected to allow Adon YHVH (113 3068) to purify their hearts in order for them to be able offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. (See Malachi 1:1)  Although Bible exegetes have varying ways of explaining this Scripture, the fact remains that these musicians needed purification in order to be effective music ministers.

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day
As was alluded to in today’s post, God not only commanded Adam to have dominion over the soil (adamah 127) but also the entire earth (erets 776) i.e. the world at large.  Although the Bible is totally silent about Adam’s possible knowledge of music, it is possible that his great wisdom and knowledge included music.

 

The Seven Note Creation-part 2

The Seven Note Creation-part 2 
       When we study the te'amim (which is the musical notation found above and below the texts of the entire Old Testament) we find that the tonic of both the psalmodic and prosodic systems of notation have a tonic note.  (See chapter 8 of my book, Music of the Bible in Christian Perspective and Haik-Vantoura, Suzanne.  The Music of the Bible Revealed. Berkley: Bibal Press, 1991.).  This tonic note is called "silluq".  This term means "end" and has the same function as the tonic note of our "modern" diatonic scale. God created and rested in seven days and God made a seven note scale with a resting note.  After the seventh day the sequence of days re-begins and after the seventh note the musical scale re-begins--all this is more than a coincidence!  It is the work of an omniscient creator.              Outside of our knowledge of the te'amim, the Pentateuch is relatively silent as to the specifics of the beginnings of music.  However, we do know that God imparted musical knowledge to man before the flood.  Genesis 4:21 explains that Lamech’s son Jubal “was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ."  We also know that Adam was given domain over the erets (776) so he no doubt had wisdom concerning music. The more we learn about God’s seven note creation the more we are drawn to the conclusion that a God this wise is capable of guiding us in developing a unified Christocentric music philosophy in the twenty-first century.  Praise God!