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Cologne Cathedral Interior 131

Evening Praise

David playing the HarpLet us think back for a moment to David and his classical songbook, the Psalms. At the end of this hymnal, some of the highest points of praise music are recorded. See how psalms 147 to 150 are so full of praise singing and rejoicing. For example, Psalm 147 begins, "Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!." But, let me ask you, who are involved in singing this music? When you read the individual Psalms you find that just about everyone is in on the act. All the common folk instruments are mentioned for making music and even the trees, the waves and the elements join in! I remember going to a service of Evening Prayer at one of the great cathedrals in London, England which was renowned for its music. The people there were very high on the musical scale with organ recitals at lunchtime, a choir school, a men's chorale and orchestral concerts, it was quite the place to be!✞

Taking Part

Cologne Cathedral InteriorOn this particular evening however, I was looking forward to joining in the music and worshipping God in that magnificent old building, but I was very disappointed. The choir sang everything! They chanted the "Magnificat," "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior," and there we sat in proper silence. I was bursting to rejoice in song. How frustrating! Then a psalm - another missed opportunity. Then another canticle called the "Gloria," "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost," but still not a peep of praise passed our lips! How disappointing!✞

"Singing Praise Music"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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