“Oh What a Foretaste of Glory Divine”

“Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:16, 17

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”  J.S. Bach

“Music is a curiously subtle art with innumerable, varying emotional connotations.  It is made up of many ingredients and, according to the proportions of these components, it can be soothing or invigorating, ennobling or vulgarizing, philosophical or orgiastic.  It has powers for evil as well as for good.” Howard Hanson, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

“As early as 2500 years before Christ, observations on the effects of music on the composite of mind, body and emotions were written on papyri by the Egyptians.  David certainly had a telling effect on King Saul as recorded in 1 Samuel 16:16-23.”

“On Feb. 1, George Beverly Shea, the Canadian-born singer best known for performing at practically every Billy Graham crusade since 1947, turned 103, thus giving baby boomers who grew up hearing him one more opportunity to celebrate what made him unique: his solid, unpretentious baritone voice (one-part opera, three-parts Tennessee Ernie Ford), his preference for songs conducive to altar calls, and his having beaten Elvis Presley to ‘How Great Thou Art’ with a version that was still definitive after Elvis cut it.

“The straightforward hymnody that Shea exemplified is no longer in style.  But in Christ there is no past or future, and Shea collections and reissues proliferate apace.  The 50-track I’d Rather Have Jesus (Jasmine), the 24-track The Love of God (Vintage Music), and the 20-track The Ultimate Collection (Word), for instance, have all come out this year.  For some, they’re a trip down memory lane, for others a foretaste of glory divine.”  World magazine, April 21, 2012, p. 33



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