Saturday, May 09, 2009
I suspect that Paul didn't have an electric guitar (a Fender Stratocaster, to be specific) in mind when he wrote these lines. But he knew, nonetheless, that music is among many other things a teaching medium. Those of us who were young in the 1970's learned in the school of classic rock (and what a rich vein of work that spans) and toward the end of the 70's there were Christian artists who could go toe to toe with their more secular instrumentalist brethren. Those artists were the forerunners of our 9:15 band (for which, thanks be to God!). First and foremost, the music expresses the heart of our worship, which at its purest and best is all about Jesus. That's what happens when the Word of Christ takes root in us and stays: we cast off all the junk, release all the worries, care about others beyond ourselves. And the psalms set to music, the hymns and spiritual songs, at their best, wrap themselves around that Word and teach and train us. These are the songs that we want to get stuck in our heads, and carry with us through the rest of Sunday and on through the week.
In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song.