Music Appreciation

I wish you could have seen Robbie last night.  He was curled up on the couch next to his daddy as Bob pulled up some music on the internet to entertain him.  It started with a harmonica solo in Carnegie Hall—one of Robbie’s favorites.  (You can see Buddy Greene on YouTube— http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJB1j5PFsQg. It’s great and a lot of fun to watch!)  Several more selections by the same artist followed, and then some hymns, a little bluegrass, some banjo and Spanish guitar and several beautiful songs by Celtic Woman.  Robbie has very eclectic—and discriminating— tastes in music.  J

His face was so sweet as he enjoyed the music and cuddle time with mommy and daddy.  For a guy who cannot sing a note, he sure loves music!  Well, I should clarify that—he can sing a note—one solitary note—“Ahhhhhhhhhh!”  As we sang to him (and he “sang” along at times) and listened to the music, he nodded his head and smiled and stared intently at the laptop screen, and then looked at us with such pleasure and love.  It was obvious when Amazing Grace came on that it was his very favorite.  He got emotional and drew close to the screen.  Bob and I wiped away tears, as well, as we saw how much that song meant to him.  Robbie may be retarded, but there are depths to him that surprise us at times, and he understands far more, I think, than we realize sometimes.

It was a precious family time.  We were united in heart and love and in enjoying the same thing—music.  There are so few pleasures Robbie can really enjoy in life, and music is one of those treasures that he can share with us.  That is one of the wonderful things about music—almost everyone can enjoy music.  One does not need to sing beautifully or play an instrument skillfully to have an appreciation for melody and harmony.  Anyone can listen, or hum, and sing to their heart’s content even if they can’t carry a tune in a bucket.  Our little Mr. Johnny-One-Note is proof of that.  J

I consider music one of the great gifts God has given us to enjoy in this life’s journey.  Just as beautiful mountain vistas and ocean views please the eyes, and lush gardens, soft textures, and rich chocolates are sensory delights, music is the background for life.  It entertains us, of course, but even more than that, it can comfort, uplift and encourage.  Psalm 32:7 says Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.”  Remember when David soothed Saul through his music? 

We use music in all kinds of celebration, but the Lord, I believe, designed it to be an integral part of our praise and worship.  “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30)  “Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.” (Psalm 21:13)  In fact, Ephesians 5:19 says music ought to be a part of our daily Christian life—“ Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”—and edifying to ourselves and others as seen in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”  It is meant to be a testimony, as well, to the world.  Psalm 40:3 says,
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” and Psalm 18:49 says, “Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises.”  Music will be a part of our eternity with Him, too, as we gather before the throne of God and praise Him.  The book of Revelations gives us a glimpse—“ And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy…” (Revelation 5:9)  “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne…” (Revelation 14:3)  “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” (Revelation 15:3)

I love music for the beautiful gift that it is to us from the Lord, but this mother’s heart appreciates it, as well, for the happiness it brings into the life of one simple little soul.  He may sing only one note, but it is music to my ears!

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