Music, Creation, and the Love of God

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7

     According to the Book of Job, God’s work of creation was done to musical accompaniment…. John Dryden carried the idea a bit further than this, but not, perhaps, too far to be true:

From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began;

When nature underneath a heap of jarring atoms lay, and could not heave her head,

The tuneful voice was heard from high, “Arise, ye more than dead!”

Then cold, and hot, and moist, and dry, in order to their stations leap, and Music’s power obey.

From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began:

From harmony to harmony through all the compass of the notes it ran,

                                                        The diapason closing full in Man.

                                                       From “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day”

      Music is both an expression and a source of pleasure, and the pleasure that is purest and nearest to God is the pleasure of love. Hell is a place of no pleasure because there is no love there. Heaven is full of music because it is the place where the pleasures of holy love abound…

 

From The Knowledge of the Holy  by A. W. Tozer

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