Good morning Jazz lovers.
Not a lover quite yet? That’s fine, but hopefully you’re a music lover and can appreciate the art of sound in time (rhythm) that expresses the artists ideas and feelings through compositions of grandeur!
Jazz, as well as all other genres of music, originated from our creator, God. Music has played a vital role in every human culture since the beginning of mankind. The Bible is filled with scriptures of music being part of worship to God, a part of warfare and a celebratory expression of victory over the enemy.
One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is about David, the psalmist, who before he became king, was summoned to strum the strings of his harp in the presence of King Saul in order to relieve him of distress. The scripture reads like this:
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
The anointed music of David had the power to drive evil spirits away or to comfort Saul’s soul.
Below are five Bible verses that pertain to singing, or making vocal music unto the Lord. He created each of us with the ability to make melody whether vocal, emotional or instrumental. Even nature sings (but we’ll talk about that tomorrow).
1. Psalm 105:2
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
2. Psalm 104:33
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
3. Psalm 95:1
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
4. James 5:13
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
5. Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
Our Jazz artist for the week, the late Wayman Tisdale (the professional basketball player in the NBA who died of bone cancer in 2009) is going to sing a beautiful descant with the voice of his fingers entitled, Glory, Glory. I call this one, anointed music for the troubled soul.