Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prayer, Song, and Quote for the Day

Prayer for the Day
Dear Lord, I want you to give me forgiving spirit.  Help me to be able to forgive those who have committed an offence against me.  Help me to forgive others even if they do not ask me to forgive them. Lord, you said I Your Word to forgive so help me to be able to truly forgive.  This petition I am praying in Your all-powerful and wise name.  Amen. 
Song for the Day All Your Anxiety by Edward H. Joy
Quote for the Day
 My former pastor and great friend Rev. R. E. Carroll once told me , “Garen when someone has committed  a wrong against me, when I go to prayer I say to the Lord, ‘Lord handle me, Lord will you please take care of my attitude.’”

Forgiving Your Brother

Forgiving Your Brother
            St. Luke 17:3 -4 records the words of Jesus, “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”  Wow!  The words of Jesus often trouble us because, most of us do not like conflict so we fail to go to our brother directly and rebuke him (or her) when he or she trespasses (commits an offence) against us.  It is much easier to do the wrong thing and go to someone else and talk to them about the offence against us than it is to go directly to the offender.  Jesus said to rebuke (epitimao 2008) i.e. to censure or admonish the one who committed the offense. 
            If you think the first part of what Jesus said to do is difficult to understand, how about the second part?  Jesus very succinctly stated, “Forgive him.”  When I read this the other day I decided to look up the word aphiemi (863) to make sure it meant forgive.  Sure enough it means: let go, disregard, keep no longer, leave behind, and of course forgive!  If you think the first and second parts of the admonishment that Jesus gave are hard to understand, how about the third part?  Jesus told His disciples to keep on forgiving even after many offences.
            Musicians are very emotional people.  They get hurt very easily because they are sensitive people.  It is no wonder that they get hurt when someone actually does something to them that is definitely wrong.  However, it is never right to fester over something that someone else has done which is wrong.  You may be right about the situation, but if you do not forgive, the offender you are in the wrong.

 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prayer for this Blog in September

Prayer for this Blog in September

Lord, as I have asked you so many times, please allow this Music philosophy blog to be a blessing during the month of September 2014. It is also my sincere and earnest prayer let this blog go around the world to places where I cannot go.  Lord, thank you that you are answering my prayer by guiding people from eighty two countries 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 topics are important and will be a blessing.  I am asking You Lord to give special help as we include more posts on Christian music education and music of the Bible. Lord, you know that at times I am not sure which topics to write about concerning music. Please anoint the blog and the blogger.  Please give special help to our new blog family members from the Countries of Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Macau, Moldova, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Vietnam which were added to our blog family during August.  These things I ask in your great and wise and wonderful name.  Amen.

Thank you for a Great Month of August

Thank you for a Great Month of August
            Last month was the twentieth month of my blog which contains devotional and philosophical thoughts for Christian musicians.  I am praising God for the nine countries listed below which were added to the blog family during the month of August.  I have been praying that my posts in 2014 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 August were devotional and philosophical in nature.  
       Since we began on January 2 of 2013 we have received a total of over 31,000 page views with about 2,600 views in August of 2014 which is over twice the normal amount of 1,200.  Praise God! Since I started this blog the page views have come from 91 different countries.  These views have come from Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, 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, Ireland (Republic of),  Iran, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia,  Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Porto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the USA.
 I would like to welcome the Countries of Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Macau, Moldova, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Vietnam which were added to our blog family during August.   The ten countries with the most page views in August were: USA, France, Thailand, China, Philippines, Germany, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Russia, and Ukraine.  If you are from a country that has had page views in the past twenty months and has been omitted from the 91 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.  The summer months have been very busy and it has been difficult to make progress on either project.
        I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to view my music philosophy blog during the month of August.  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.

 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

I have often told my college classes that the only completely safe teacher of music philosophy is the Holy Spirit who will guide the Christian musician into all truth.

Reflections after Twenty Months

Reflections after Twenty Months
            We have come to the end of the twentieth month of this blog.  It is my desire that you now have greater insights into the Scriptures concerning music in the Bible and Christian music philosophy and Christian music education.  Parents, ministers of music, and music educators are not always Bible language scholars and, on the contrary, they have general tendency to avoid original language study concerning what the Bible has to say about music.
            All too many musicians' libraries consist of a host of volumes on music history, theory, literature, a few volumes of hymn stories, and their favorite hymnology text without a single concordance or lexicon to study the original Bible languages.  I hope that your word study appetite has been stimulated until you will at least invest in the standard works that are now keyed to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance.
            As the second decade of twenty-first century is nearly half over, you will need to not only be prepared spiritually and musically, but also have a deep understanding of the significance of music in the Bible.  It is important that you be able to understand the music of the Bible in Christian perspective.  I Corinthians 2:12-13 states, "Now ye have received, not of the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that ye might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."
            No book, blog post, or article written by man will be able to completely guide church musicians in the twenty-first century.  Only an understanding of what the Book of Books has to say about sacred music will serve as a guide for Christian musicians of the next century.  If my blog posts have stimulated you to study music in the Book of Books, the many hours that it has taken to prepare these posts have been well spent.
                                                                        G.L.W.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quote and Thought for the Day

Quote and Thought for the Day
 “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.” Acts 1:16  This statement by St. Peter is significant in that it attests to the fact that the Holy Spirit’s inspiration on the Book of Psalms. Ac 1:20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.”

 

 

The Authenticity of the Book of Psalms

The Authenticity of the Book of Psalms
THE PSALMS ARE INSPIRED.
            As was mentioned before in my blog posts, I have prepared each post with the presupposition that the entire Bible is authored and inspired by the Holy Spirit.  The Book of Psalms is therefore the inspired word of God.  Hibbard, in Whedon's Commentary states, "The Psalms are the only collection of sacred songs plenarily inspired which were ever given to the church, and as such presents a claim upon our reverence, faith, and devotional use which belongs to no other." Commentary on the Old Testament by D.D. Whedon, ed., Psalms Vol. 5, p. 7.
            The Book of Psalms is the only inspired collection of sacred songs extant in the world today.  Since it is an inspired songbook, it is important to study the various places in the Old and New Testaments where the writers quote portions of the psalms and thereby attest to the inspiration of the Psalm collection.  It is also worth noting that in the New Testament there are more exact quotations, references, and allusions to the Book of Psalms than to any other Old Testament Book.
             David claimed the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in II Samuel 23:1-2 where it states, “Now these be the last words of David.  David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”  So, David directly claimed the inspiration of the Holy Spirit when he declared that his psalms were breathed out (ruach 7307) from YHVH (3068) so thoroughly that he stated that God spoke by or through his psalms. The psalmist David further declared that God’s word (millah 4405) was actually in his tongue (lashown 3956

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day
The idea of music for music’s sake boarders on humanism and therefore, it must be kept in check in the life of a performer who is a committed Christian.

 

 

Aesthetic Meaning vs. Aesthetic Ends

Aesthetic Meaning vs. Aesthetic Ends
           All quality music performance will have valuable aesthetic meaning, but all quality musicing will not have only aesthetic ends.  By the terminology “aesthetic ends’ I mean that the sole purpose of the existence of the music is aesthetic beauty and hence the import of that meaning.  The terminology “aesthetic meaning” is that which is concerned with beauty and emotion as opposed to that which is strictly intellectual.   Robert Berglund explained the evolution of music from utilitarian purposes to aesthetic ends. “Art that exists for art’s sake is art that has ends that are primarily aesthetic in nature. Historically, most vocal music created prior to the fifteenth century was of a utilitarian nature.  Its purpose centered either in the experiences of the church or in social concerns…However, as instrumental music and the instruments themselves were developed, the performance of music for sheer pleasure increased.  Parlor music lead to concert hall music, the purpose of which was primarily enjoyment.”  A Philosophy of Church Music by Robert Berglund, p.18.  
          Every Christian musician must have a clear understanding of the difference between aesthetically performed sacred music which has the primary purpose of being offered to God as a worship offering, and aesthetically performed religious music that has only the aesthetic end of enjoyment.  This is not to say that an aesthetically performed musical offering to God should not be an enjoyable experience for the performer and the listener.  What I am saying is that there is a philosophical difference between a performance of a piece of sacred music which has aesthetic meaning and a performance that has only an aesthetic end.
          What about a musical performance that is strictly art for art’s sake?  I believe that there is no Bible based prohibition of a Christian musician performing a secular piece of music in a concert as art for art’s sake.  However, the matter is much more complicated when a musician’s purpose is presenting a musical offering unto God.  If God is to be the object of a Christian’s sacred musicing, then one’s musicing moves philosophically from mere artistic performance, i.e. art for art’s sake, to the realm of utilitarian purposes.  As one can deduce, any musical performance that is directly addressed to God cannot be strictly a performance of an art form for art’s sake although it may very well contain artistic meaning.