Why music?

March 28, 2008

“…virtually all external expressions of worship ‘can be of no further use, than as they have some tendency to affect our own hearts, or the hearts of others.’ Consider, for example, the singing of praises to God, which seem to be ‘appointed wholly to excite and express religious affections. No other reason can be assigned, why we should express ourselves to God in verse, rather than prose, and do it with music, but only that such is our nature and frame, that these things have a tendency to move our affections.'”Jonathan Edwards, modernized by Sam Storms, from the book SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT: an interpretation of Jonathan Edward’s RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS.

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3 Responses to “Why music?”

  1. Great quote. There’s something about music … watch little kids doing goofy, uninhibited dances or singing jingles they’ve heard, Sunday school songs, the theme from Sesame Street. It’s fascinating.

  2. The great Jonathan Edwards didn’t seem to acknowledge the reality that one of the reasons “why” is that we have a model already given to us throughout Scripture!

  3. saintlewis said

    Edwards would agree with you – he was only asking ‘why’ did God prescribe for us to do it that way. He was asking the philosophical question of why would God have us use music in our worship of Him? Doesn’t come out that way from the text here, though, does it?

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