Saturday, July 09, 2005

God and Music

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
-Revelations 1:17-18 (KJV)
Something just struck me hard today. I realised how similar God's Word and music affect me emotionally. During the Bible study session today, the revelation of God's Plan (thus showing his faithfulness) brought a passionate warmth in my heart. Such is the power of the Bible, that it renews our strength and gives us hope. Mentally, the image of the world is just complete darkness, while my Christian brothers and sisters are holding on to lighted candles, thus lighting up their near surroundings. When a heathen gets saved, they too inherit this lighted candle. Although darkness still dominates, such glimmer of light brings hope and warmth to our hearts and sustain our faith in the Grand Master of the universe. Isn't that our role in this world, bringing light to others around us?

And in music, there're certain pieces which evoke such similar feelings of warmth and hope. Take Bach for example, there's an overwhelming number of his works which touch me in the same way. As born-again Christians, our job is to glorify His name, who has been faithful in all His Promises. And yes, this is one man who has fulfilled the task of glorifying God's name to the best of his abilities. Bach's works show very much his love for the Lord and how he wanted to reproduce the feelings that he experienced through his walk with Him. And it's through Bach's masterpieces that we can feel God's presence. How amazing music is a tool for evangelism. And Bach is just one of the many composers who wrote for the glory of God. Comparing myself to them and people around, it just makes me think of how useless I have been to God. I shall specialise in Bach music and ensure that the very essence of his music flows through to my listeners.

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