Designed for Singing
Physiological and neurological research reveals that when we sing, musical vibrations move through us, altering our physical and emotional landscape. Group singing takes an intimately personal sound that begins inside each of us and shares it with those around us. As often as not it comes back to us as something even more thrilling: harmony.
Could this be one of the results of God creating us in His own image?
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.
Psalm 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven (embroidered in Hebrew) in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book (God's plan) were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me (the time You had determined that I should be on the Earth), when as yet there was none of them.
Could it be that He gave us this gift of music in order that we might better fulfill the greatest commandment?
Matthew 22:37-38 And He (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
The Italicized words in blue are Rick’s.
One of Jeffery Farnol’s characters in his book Peregrine’s Progress says this ,“…Young sir . . . we possess a divine joy, a soul medium, a very gift of God and we call it, — music, sir. To such as have ears, music is the speech of God, of the Infinite, soaring far above mere words, revealing the un-conceived, speaking forth the un-thinkable.”
Flannery O’Connor says this of writers, and I believe she is speaking of all artists, “The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet.”
Statue of King David with his harp
Mount Zion in Jerusalem
sculpture by Alexander Dyomin
David was king of Israel for 40 years, from 797 to 837 Before Christ (BC).
We all are artists when we sing.
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Scripture from the NABre Uunder license from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc.
The Dead Sea seen from Herod the Great's Masada Fortress
Photograph by Kat Larson