|It seems to me that we must define rather carefully the way, or ways, in which music can glorify God. There is … a sense in which all natural agents, even inanimate ones, glorify God continually by revealing the powers He has given them. And in that sense we, as natural agents, do the same. On that level our wicked actions, in so far as they exhibit our skill and strength, may be said to glorify Good, as well as our good actions. An excellently performed piece of music, as natural operation which reveals in a very high degree the peculiar powers given to man, will thus always glorify God whatever the intention of the performers may be. But that is a kind of glorifying which we share with the ‘dragons and great deeps’, with the ‘frost and snows’. What is looked for in us, as men, is another kind of glorifying, which depends on intention. How easy or how hard it may be for a whole choir to preserve that intention through all the discussions and decisions, all the corrections and the disappointments, all the temptations to pride, rivalry and ambition, which precede the performance of a great work, I (naturally) do not know. But it is on the intention that all depends. When it succeeds, I think the performers are the most enviable of men; privileged while mortals to honor God like angels and, for a few golden moments, to see spirit and flesh, delight and labour, skill and worship, the natural and the supernatural, all fused into that unity they would have had before the Fall.
From Christian Reflections, by C.S. Lewis
|A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works|
|C.S. Lewis, perhaps Christianity's most famous convert of the 20th Century, was a professor at Oxford and Cambridge. He grew up an atheist, but converted to Christianity at age 33. After that he devoted much of his life to writing about the Faith.
Famous for the depth of his thinking, yet with the ability to express those thoughts with the clarity that a child could understand, Lewis wrote on many subjects. Here Lewis writes about Musical Intention.
|Thoughts for Christian Violinists as well a other Christian Musicians and Worship Leaders.
C. S. Lewis
On Musical Intention
|Clive Staples "Jack" Lewis
|Heavenly Father, be with us as we seek to bring glory and honor to you with the skills that you have given us. Whether we play, compose, sing, or even sit silently and listen, let us remember that it is You who granted us these abilities. It is You for whom we play. It is you who deserves any praise or adulation.
Use our instruments and their players today to bring honor to You, to bring others to see Your light, and to give further enlightenment to ourselves. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Savior.