I will sing of your love and justice; to you O Lord I will sing praise! Psalm 101:1 NIV
My saying with our family, is “Media and meals don’t mix.” That is with the exception of music. One of my most detailed childhood memories is of my step-dad playing, Beethoven’s Ninth symphony or Benny Goodman on the stereo at suppertime. After 60 years, I can still feel Bababa-boom through my feet and hear the high notes on Goodman’s clarinet.
God invented music long before heaven and earth were created. I believe that the first thing He taught the angels was how to sing Holy-Holy-Holy! Jesus Himself sang after the Last supper and in today’s verse David tells us that the song He sings is of God’s love and justice.
Music is special. Maybe that’s why so many generations, from ancient Hebrew festivals to 18th century English pubs have resonated with songs while they ate and drank. Music has the power to bring our minds and bodies into unity around its melodies and rhythms. We need to ask ourselves “What kind of music are we listening to at our dinner times?” Are we choosing the sounds of football, the boink-boink-boink of video games or the tapping out a reply to some text message, or are we listening to the symphony of heaven? When we do, our hearts our minds can be filled with God’s dinner music and our lips with His praise!
14 thoughts on “God’s Dinner Music”
God inhabits the praises of his people. Music can make the heart sing, while eating or while living life.
Yes he does!
Music really sets the mood. At the Christian school our children attended I put together a classical music week, and part of it was having music by a different composer each day at lunchtime. The day the kids came in from recess and heard Strauss waltzes playing, they stopped in their tracks, then started dancing across the room. 😏🎶
Wow! Sounds like they caught the fun in the music!
Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Strauss waltz and NOT wanted to dance. – Try it sometime.
I like that phrase “media and meals do not mix” and raised our kids on that rule. 🙂 Music however, is allowed, and jazz is the favorite to cook to!
Jazz was my mom’s favorite, with Pete Fountain, Tommy Dorsey and Lousi Armstrong topping her list. It was okay with me and definitely trumped dad’s liking for Mozart, Beethoven and Bach in my ten-year old opinion.
I actually don’t know who we listen to…it’s usually just a jazz playlist on Spotify although my husband does like Louie Armstrong too.
Back in that day there was big band type jazz, Dixieland and cool jazz. It was my parent’s thing but I did like Louie Armstrong because he sang a little in that wonderful husky voice of his.
Music is always appropriate….right?
In my opinion – absolutely yes. Good music of a wide variety is nice, though the volume for our teenaged sons was sometimes an issue!
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I firmly believe there’s a choir in heaven—an amazing one! And some of the most talented saints sing 24/7, with the angels—who can out sing mere mortals.
Hey Dave, thanks for entering the conversation. I think you and I as ordinary guys who strum our guitars will do just fine. Those angels are definitely more talented, but only we have lyrics that give praise because He loved us and bought us by the blood of Jesus.