Forty Days of Prayer March 20
Life is filled with extremes of both good days and bad days. What I love about the book of Psalms is the fact that it touches all ranges of emotions. Nothing also shares emotions quite like music. Music can express the feelings of our heart and soul in ways that we cannot put into words. Often throughout history the Psalms have been sung or chanted. I also think they have been accompanied by music of one sort or another.
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah (Psalm 4:1-2)
This passage from the book of Psalms ends with the word, “Selah,” that is used 71 times in the book of Psalms and three times in a prayer of Habakkuk in chapter three. We are not sure exactly what it means but the root of the word means to lift up. I believe it means to lift up instruments and play and that is implied in Habakkuk as the prayer ends when he says, “For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.” (verse 19) What I find interesting is that selah can be inserted after verses of great joy, or in great sorrow and waiting as in the verse above.
In the last few months I have been trying to learn scales on the bass guitar. The two primary ones are the major and the minor scales. These can be played in any key. What is so powerful is the fact that major scales bring a sense of joy and finality, while minor scales are only slightly different, but they make you feel as if changes need to be made to bring things into harmony and to reach a final resolution. I have always seen music as a creation of God that expresses the truth of creation and humanity and the fallen state in which we now live, and the ultimate purpose of all creation to be restored in Christ. What is interesting is we find that message in scripture, human history, and in music. That is why Paul says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Lord help me to sing in my heart songs of joy. Also remind me when my heart it filled with sorrow you make all things new again in Your Son Jesus. Thank You. Amen.