After Theology

March 6, 2006

“I have no use for cranks who despise music,
because it is a gift of God. 
Music drives away the Devil and makes people gay;
they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. 
Next after theology,
I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.”
Martin Luther.  (Quoted by Martin Marty, Martin Luther, p. 114.)

Continuing my March celebration of Martin Luther, aren’t his words about music here true?

Tomorrow at CHBC we’re to have a funeral of a dear sister whom the Lord called home last week.  She was 99!  No doubt, we will have some wonderful singing tomorrow (DV) "Like a River Glorious" "I Will Glory in My Redeemer" "It is Well with my Soul"! 

And how blessed we were by music today at CHBC!  This morning we sang "Jesus Paid it All" "What Wondrous Love" "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah".  Tonight it was "How Deep the Father’s Love" "The Servant King" "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal"!

This past week out at Shepherds Conference (where we all 4 were, so instead of blogging, we were talking to each other late into the night!) we have been treated to phenomenal singing, and wonderful performed music.  Can Jubilant Sykes sing, or what?!?!  And Lig Duncan can rap!

And as wonderful as the music was–the Haydn piece on Psalm 19, the cello & harp, the incredible congregational singing, here’s the amazing thing.  God Himself is even more wonderful than our best experience ever of hearing him praised in song!!!

So, again, I’m with Luther!  "Next after theology,
I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.”

After theology.