Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
My Reader, do you know that you are the composer of a sacred song? This sacred song is commonly referred to as your life. Actually, your song is one line of a musical score being composed by you and the Master Composer, the Lord our God. Using a musical analogy, we can say that every person is created by the Lord with the intent that his or her life will be a part of a concert glorifying God. The Lord allows each of us to write our own composition under His direction and guidance. Each life is one line of Creation’s Concerto. Musical miracles and maladies are both part of the melody. I think the Psalmist may be encouraging us to write our personal part of Creation’s Concerto when he says in Psalm 96:1, “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.”
Let’s look at some of the options we have for writing our song.
1) Do I write in a major (harmonic) or minor (dissonant) key?
There will be times for both keys within your music depending upon whether you are experiencing positive or negative situations in your life.
2) Do I use whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes etc.?Consider each note as being a word or a thought or an action of your life. Words in a casual conversation may be like quarter notes receiving one count each. Some thoughts may be fleeting like quick eighth or sixteenth notes. Other actions may take a long time and require the full count of a whole note.
3) Do I always write notes or do I also include rests?
God knows you need rest as well as action in your life. Do not be discouraged by times of rest. These times will soon be replaced by more melodic notes.
4) What are triplets?
Triplets are three notes that equally share one count or beat. These three notes remind me of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
5) Is the tempo allegro (quick and lively), andante (walking tempo) or largo (very slow)?Some days go by very quickly while other days may seem never-ending. You can include various tempo changes within your song.
6) What about a ritardando (gradually getting slower) for just a few measures?
Some moments of life will gradually grow slower for a short time and then return to a more normal pace. This is the function of a retard in music.
7) Do I need to include notations for forte (loud) and piano (soft) sections in my song?
All of life is not heard or spoken with the same dynamics. Think about the cries of a baby. If the baby is hungry, he will cry very loud! If he is content, you may hear a quiet cooing sound. Different messages come forth through different decibels of sound.
8) What about crescendos (gradually getting louder) and decrescendos (gradually getting softer)?
These are experienced numerous times! Words, thoughts and actions will always be increasing and decreasing during each day of your life.
4) Will there be repeat signs in my song?
Yes! The Lord allows you to repeat certain experiences, or melodies, until you learn a lesson, or get a message. He is always teaching you throughout your musical melody and repetition can be a valuable tool.
7) Will I use bars lines and a double bar line in my composition?
Bar lines divide music into measures and I see each measure possibly representing a year of a person’s life with the notes within each measure being a day of life. The day will come when a double bar line is placed at the end of your sacred song. However, God will be the One to put that musical sign in place.
Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” We all have breath and the Lord desires us to praise Him through the songs of our lives. So, My Reader, what does your song sound like today? I said at the beginning, that you are the composer. That is true in the sense that you control your life by choices you make. However, you are not a soloist while either writing or singing your song. Remember, the Lord is your co-composer. (Next week we will think about how the Lord is also the conductor of a sovereign symphony.)