1 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, 3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. 4 For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
The words of Psalm 92 v1-4 are what greeted us this morning in the Keller Psalms devotional and are such an inspiration as we pray for the musicians at the conference.
What an incredible thing that our Creator God so values beauty and music. Let's pray for the musicians at the conference that they help each of us "sing for joy at what your hands have done"!
If you want to pray more specifically here's a few things we are thinking and praying about.
- Pray for the musicians in the three rooms - the Gettymusic band and Village Chapel musicians (our home church). Because of the demand for seats this year vs lack of space, we have a unique experience (for one year only) of three rooms with different singing experiences - one that's "bigger" and more choral, one more acoustic, and one that's more simple (think small chapel). While future years will be one big room, in its own way this year is actually uniquely stimulating because it broadly represents the three styles of evangelical sung worship; so, everyone has a chance to taste and be encouraged by this.
- Pray for all the special musical guests. By the way, we had great chat with David Kim yesterday. David is the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and will be playing Bach in our first session. The music of Bach (an admirer of Luther) will be featured throughout the conference. He was a committed reformational church musician throughout his career.
- Pray for musical guests at Grand Ole Opry House concert and for the witness of that event.
- Pray for all the instrumentalists attending the conference - for inspiration, encouragement, validation and focus in how they serve both the church's singing and further use their gifts.
Finally, listen to something by Bach for 10 minutes today: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" or "Arioso" or his "Double Violin Concerto" or "Brandenburg Concerto No 3" or perhaps an excerpt from "St Matthew Passion".