Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Cognitive neuroscience of music-This is a mouthful of scientific jargon denoting an entire branch of science and medicine devoted to understanding why we respond to music. Basically, why does music evoke such a strong emotional response within us?
There are few sensory experiences that can evoke such deep seated emotions or revisit powerful memories as music. Clever marketers have seized upon this information and have packaged CDs and DVDs with the bold claims that classical music will enhance an infant’s abstract reasoning skills and assist in developing spatial intelligence.
Neuropsychologists have found the right brain is more involved in creativity and abstract thoughts while the left brain process factual information and problem solving. This division, however, only partially begins to explain how we perceive the world and process information. In every activity and every problem solving, both sides of the brain are used. A structure known as the corpus callosum joins both hemispheres of the brain and facilitates communication.
The very complexity of the brain and how it allows us to perceive music should point us to the master Creator. God created us with an inherent love of music. As far back as Genesis, the Holy Spirit recorded the skill of Jubal.
And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Music brings out emotions and also encourages movement and dance. When David brought the ark of God into Jerusalem, he was overwhelmed with joy and danced with joy to music in an intense outpouring of emotion and gratitude.
And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
2 Samuel 6:14-15
God created us with an innate love of music because someday, we will be singing and worshipping with song and music in Heaven, in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder:and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders:and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
No concert on earth could even begin to compare with what we will someday experience in Heaven. Ten thousands times ten thousands and thousands of thousands...literally uncountable numbers of God’s creatures, all singing and praising His name. And we will have the honor of front row seats at the greatest concert in eternity.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.