Turn It Up


Dear Musicians,

A couple of years ago I told an accomplished musician friend of mine, who plays percussion and sings, that I ,   "envied his musical gifts and wished from time to time that I had such musical giftedness.”
My friend asked me, ”Do you like to listen to music?”
I said, ”Yes I do.”
He then said, ”Well, then you are a musician. Musicians are those (by his definition) who are shaped by music, either listening to it or performing it.”
I am not sure anyone is ready to pay money to watch Pastor Dave listen to music at Red Rocks. However, the words of my friend were helpful and I think hold truth for all of us.

In 1 Samuel 16: 17-19, King Saul calls for a rock star to come and perform for him. Somebody in the crowd says they have heard of a rising star named David who is Jesse’s son. The word on the street was ,”…he is skillful in playing,  a man of valor,  a warrior,  prudent in speech,  and he has good presence, and the Lord is with him.” This rising young rock star was David. The young shepherd boy who would become king.

Music is a powerful medium with rhythms that vibrate messages into our very body and being. David is credited with writing the Psalms, the hymnbook of the Bible, which have formed the faith of generations.

Which songs, either from the playlist of your worship experience or from the realm of what is categorized as “secular,” speak to you of the way God is in the world and within you? Music reaches deep within as other mediums cannot, to speak to us in our pain, joys, brokenness, weakness , valleys , mountain-top moments, and our relational transitions ~ to remind us of God’s presence with us in each chapter of life.

What music causes your body to resonate with the message of God’s presence in your life? When did you last play it? Where might that music transport you to? 

Engage with that music this day, and give thanks to the God who speaks to you.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Lisa Knafelc wrote:
Interesting timing...Just sitting here catching up on emails and reading this. This morning I missed church since I had the morning shift at the Castle Pines North Pool...sooo, I put K-LOVE on the speakers for the first hour and a half of the day so I could get my "church fix" and praise the Lord a bit. It was a beautiful morning and the music as always certainly, to use your words, "caused my body to resonate with the message of God's presence in my life"!
Coincidence? I think not!

Sun, August 11, 2013 @ 4:35 PM

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