Luther on Music

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” Martin Luther

It’s great to sing isn’t it? I love it when we sing at church and we really sing from the heart. For me it doesn’t matter particularly if it’s an old hymn or a new song, the issue is not so much the style but rather the ideas in the song that lift my mind and soul to God. This last Sunday night the singing was wonderful, I don’t know why particularly but somehow the songs worked and it felt like we were really singing. Somehow we can sing things and sing them passionately even when the ideas or words are difficult to express in normal speaking.Perhaps Luther is right, perhaps the music when done well helps to lift the words to a new level because music itself is a great gift from God. I just wonder what the music in heaven is going to be like… I bet it will be great!

There is a higher throne
Than all this world has known,
Where faithful ones from ev’ry tongue
Will one day come.
Before the Son we’ll stand,
Made faultless through the Lamb;
Believing hearts find promised grace—
Salvation comes.

Hear heaven’s voices sing;
Their thund’rous anthem rings
Through em’rald courts and sapphire skies.
Their praises rise.
All glory, wisdom, pow’r,
Strength, thanks, and honor are
To God our King, who reigns on high

And there we’ll find our home,
Our life before the throne;
We’ll honor Him in perfect song
Where we belong.
He’ll wipe each tear-stained eye
As thirst and hunger die.
The Lamb becomes our Shepherd King;
We’ll reign with Him.


2 Responses

  1. Adrian Tribe says:

    Thanks for this Paul – you’re so right!

    Have you ever found that you’ve been so moved by the way a song helps express the wonder of what Jesus has done for us, or of who he is, that you can hardly get the words out through the tears?! I wonder how I’ll cope in heaven?
    I do hope that we’ll be allowed tears of shear joy! 🙂

    Every blessing brother.

  2. Paul Lintott says:

    Fighting back tears is a regular problem for me. Often in church when the song hits me but I confess more at home when I am in secret praying and reading and listening to something.

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