God’s Love of Music

Dear Reader:

Have you ever wondered what kind of music God loves best? The natural music He put on earth in its creation moves me daily…the sound of a breeze blowing through the trees, a creek gurgling over rocks, birds singing, bees buzzing, or rain pattering on the roof at night, just to name a few.

As far as man-made music…I still remember the first time I heard Handel’s Messiah, especially the Hallelujah Chorus sung at a huge church in Raleigh by traveling musicians from New York when I was about ten years old. It was the first time I understood the expression “shivers down my back” because I experienced just that on a long ago Christmas holiday evening.

I really thought God was going to appear as the chorus kept getting higher and higher on the refrain until I thought I would burst open inside from the sheer joy! I was in a daze all the way home that Christmas evening… stunned…I could only nod when my friend’s mother asked if I enjoyed it. It went so far beyond enjoyment that I couldn’t express it in words.

I wondered, as a child, if God felt the same way when He heard it for the first time. It is unbelievable to me that Handel’s Messiah was completed in 24 days of speedy composition. He wrote it in a little over three weeks? I, also, remember hearing that  at the end of his manuscript Handel wrote the letters “SDG”—Soli Deo Gloria, “To God alone the glory”.

What about music in the heavens…don’t we always think of angels singing a cappella….and definitely harps must be involved…but what else? What are the musical sounds of another world going to sound like? I wonder.

I think God smiles down on most music if it delights us and makes us happy to be around…music we listen to on the way to work and back home….I like all music….country, motown, beach music, rock n’ roll, movie themes, classical…music truly soothes the soul and picks up the joyful heart beat.  God obviously knew, like any Father would, that His children would love the gift of music!

In the following true story below….I discovered that God can use music as a God Wink too…even in a potentially serious situation with a sense of humor.

When God Laughs Was the song a sign that God had heard and answered her prayer?)

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I climbed into my van, aka the Mom Mobile, and headed to the library where I worked evenings. Just on the highway, I got an urge to pray. Please, Lord, don’t let anything hit me!

Why on earth had I prayed that?

Okay, I’m a fearful driver. Highways, lane changes, parallel parking all make me nervous. I always prayed before getting on the road. But this prayer was so specific that I decided not to listen to my audiobook or the radio. I had to be super vigilant.

I came up behind a beat-up pickup. The only other vehicle around. A bunch of two-by-fours was piled in its bed. Every time the truck hit a bump, the wood bounced. I peered closer. Nothing was tied down! No ropes or straps. Nothing.

My prayer! I had to switch lanes. Now!

The moment I swerved left, a two-by-four flew out of the truck. If I hadn’t moved, I could’ve been speared through the windshield.

I took the exit for the library and turned on the radio just as a song came on. Guess what it was?

“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees!

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So until tomorrow…

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*(Gardening is easier when I get a little help from my “friend” Winnie (Thanks again Stephanie for the “Gardening Winnie” you brought me back from Disney World a few years back! Adorable!)

*And for me the beauty of nature and music just go hand in hand!

Besides the pretty flowers…the strangest thing…two of the front bushes by the gate have formed a second entrance into the garden…another God Wink I do believe.

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to God’s Love of Music

  1. Beverly Dufford says:

    So glad you highlighted music today. I absolutely love music. When I go to church, I check to see what songs we will be singing today, and I’m always disappointed if I don’t know any of them. The words are beautiful, but when I’m so busy trying to follow the music, I can’t enjoy either the words or the melody. I’m wondering if there were a survey how many people would agree that the “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel is their favorite. Although I know the story about standing, the music just makes me want to rise, so I’m delighted when the audience stands. Your garden is beautiful.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Your roses certainly add to it…all the rose bushes are going crazy this year…I forgot gospel music when I was naming some of my favorites…like you if I see “I’ll Fly Away” or “”When the Saints Come Marching In” I know it is going to be a good day. Have to admit, like you, some of the new songs in the most recent hymnals leave me kinda blah…but I try to keep an open mind…some sound more like chanting to me, though, than singing…not enough diversity in the chords.

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  2. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Becky…we are kindred spirits in a lot of ways. I love music …in fact I worship through songs…especially hymns that come straight from the Bible. Loved the story you shared…a God’s wink and blessing. It is amazing how often God speaks to us each day.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      …That it is and how God does it in so many different ways… rarely offering us a voice…instead a sound, a sight, a scene, a smell, a taste, and a touch…He comes through every one of our senses….in such ordinary but miraculous ways.

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