Yesterday I put on an old Praise CD and started doing stretches.
A few bars of familiar melody started playing followed by beautiful harmony. Next, the drums were added in, beating out the rhythm. It was so beautiful as the music built and swelled!
I know everyone has their own preferences when it comes to music. I think God made it that way. Otherwise we would still be singing the same ole same ole music from millennia ago. New melodies and harmonies are made into songs every year, and seldom are there more than a few bars that sound exactly like another song we know. It seems the possible songs that can be written are endless!
I like variety in music. I don’t want to hear so much peaceful that I fall asleep, nor do I like to hear so much peppy that it starts making me nervous. I like to mix it up.
But I’ve got to say that, personally, I LOVE harmony, 2-part, 3- part, 4-part! The thing is that you can’t have harmony without melody.
Some instruments lend themselves to playing both melody and harmony at the same time.
Others not as much. These achieve beautiful harmony by being played as an ensemble or orchestra.
The beauty of harmony is much like the peace that can be, and is, found in many relationships. It just takes practice and mutual agreement on who will sing or play which part. One part is not more important than another.
All parts must be sung or played in an orderly fashion. Rhythm helps with that.
This is how beautiful music is played. This is how beautiful relationships are sustained.
A world without music would be so sad, in my opinion. Relationships without harmony are sad as well. This world needs more harmony, don’t you think?
So, today I am thankful for music, for the melody, the harmony, the rhythm all being played beautifully together for the glory of God, who is the Chief Musician!
“To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.“
1 Peter 3:8 NASB
Dear Lord, thank You for music that is such a beautiful picture of how relationships can be when we all play our part well with You as the Conductor! Help us to keep our eyes on You and follow Your lead.