I believe that we see God’s beauty not only through words applied to our messiness, but also through music. Song is yet another way we can use the raw materials given us (our voices, our hands, dry beans in a can, or rubber bands on a milk jug) to produce something more, something that communicates God’s love and grace.
Music has been an important part of my life from an early age. I have had the privilege of singing in many different arenas, from 6th St. in Austin, TX to New York City’s Lincoln Center. My audience has ranged from my own newborn babies to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The highest honor, however, has been to create music for the purpose of glorifying God in worship. This form of thankfulness and praise, especially in the midst of muddy circumstances, has the incomprehensible ability to produce joy and contentment in all circumstances. I Peter 1:6-7 suggests the desired result of trial and hardships (our muddy circumstances) is praise and worship of a faithful God. It says, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 43:4 says, “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.” My search for the beauty hidden under our daily dirt ultimately rides on the hope of uncovering exceeding joy. Praising God for His ability to follow through in producing joy acknowledges that my hope for good in every circumstance is attainable. The very act of proclaiming the truth of His promises in song uplifts my heart and leads me to joy.
Psalm 34: 1-3 is a key verse for my life as a musician and worshipper:
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!”