Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright.
Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. (Psalm 33:1-3)
According to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, "When language aspires to the transcendent, and the soul longs to break free of the gravitational pull of the earth, it modulates into song. Words are the language of the mind. Music is the language of the soul."
I have had the honor of being co-head chorister of the Treble Choir for the past two years. Each year I remind members of this choir the importance of our job in the church. When we sing a service we are leading it. We are the first people into the church, behind the cross and our voices are the representation of the voices of the entire congregation and when we sing, we are nor doing it for our own glory, we sing for God's glory.
Yet one of the first things you learn as a singer is that the rest are just as important as the notes. The silence is something that can convey just as much, if not more emotion than any other thing. You have to learn to relish in the silence and learn from it.
Help us to remember we sing to glorify God. And remind us to appreciate the rest and seek to learn from the silence.
Audrey Black - Senior, Lamar High