Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 192, July 11

Yesterday my husband and I arrived at church early enough to hear the prelude music. The man playing the piano segued from one beautifully played hymn to another. What is remarkable about this man is that he plays without any music. He told me once that he didn't read music, that he played by ear. What a great gift he possesses.
I've mentioned in earlier posts that often music touches my soul in ways that the spoken word cannot. Music, especially spiritual music, reaches in and squeezes my heart. Why is it that a series of notes juxtaposed with words has such power?
Could it be that the Lord Himself inspired the men and women who created the music and lyrics? Do I feel His Spirit when I hear these glorious compositions? I believe so.
One hymn in particular finds its way into my very being: "How Great Thou Art."
Let me share a few lines:
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow'r throughout the universe displayed.
Perhaps it is the theme of creation that resonates within me. Perhaps it is the melding of these words and notes. Perhaps it is God Himself who seems to be speaking just to me. Whatever the reasons, this hymn brings both joy and solace to my soul.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who share with others their gift of music.


  1. I wonder if those of us who are not so gifted will ever be able to really understand it. Beautiful.

  2. How interesting that you chose that particular hymn to quote today. It's one of my favorites and is on a CD that I've queued up to play this afternoon.