Brandon's listing of Team Hoyt on YouTube with Sheryl singing "Redeemer" has been rolling around in my head this week. (See YouTube.com and call up Team Hoyt)
Team Hoyt is such a powerful story and a powerful video, how is that the addition of a hymn (albeit sung by a beautiful voice) could make the video even better? What exactly is it about music that enhances almost every endeavor? Why are Psalms filled with music, and even heaven is overflowing with it? (See Revelation) Why do our eyes fill when we hear favorite, memory-inducing music? And why do our hearts soar with a spectacular rendition of a great tune?
I don't know--music is a form of language and communication that cuts across all cultures, barriers, and ages. History is filled with songs taken into battle, sung on the firing line, and used in comfort in dungeons and prisons (See Paul and Silas). Even God and Jesus sang (See Zephaniah and Matthew). There is nothing more heart-moving and soul-stirring than listening to a body of people blending their voices together in praise of God. I saw it work again last Sunday night at Woodmont as Brandon led praise. Music is both an encouragement and a celebration.
Martin Luther said, "Next to the word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music."