Dearest Father Above,
I thank You for music-for in it I get lost in your peace and your grace. I thank you also for your creation of ears to hear, hands to play, eyes to see, vocal chords to verbalize and to produce melodic tones and for the creation of sounds that loft from instruments conceived from minds that you filled with brains and nerves and feelings.
Lord, your plans are like an ecosystem. Each note that is produced in praise to you rises to you and comes back to the giver and to all those around them in a sweet, cohesive and connective way. Music is a love that all can comprehend on some level of their being and it is interpreted by each in their own unique way. Within this, you also connect your kingdom; for music is a connection TO you and equally a connection BETWEEN all those who love you.
Songs of praise throughout the ages with each word penned had a meaning to he who penned it, and as those songs are passed from generation to generation there is a connective tissue formed that truly connects us to believers long departed from this earthly home. We feel in each lifting or falling of the notes a rising of souls to reach toward You in a way that words or lyrics alone cannot express.
If we make a joyful noise toward you, no man alive can judge it; for it is not intended for them. When we lose ourselves in music, we can see the glory of your kingdom above this earthly realm…as if the Angels are joining us and we can also hear them. Each generation from the days of Genesis has created musical praise to You, and within all of those generations of music there is a theme; not unlike the Bible. In fact, much of the music written to praise You has a direct inspiration from your ACTUAL words written to guide us. Music is a mighty force that can be used for good or for evil, but as believers choose to use it for good it becomes a torch that lights hearts on fire for you.
I thank you, Lord for my fellow believers; those with gifts of musical talent which you have provided them and those who dedicate themselves to sharing that gift with others. Lord, I thank you for each of my fellow believers who choose to make a joyful noise with reckless abandon and for their gifts or lack of gifts in the musical realm. For when I hear praises in song lifted above I hear a harmony of hearts and minds united for you. Your plans for music were for our good and we love you for giving us the chance to connect with you and your kingdom on this level.
In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.