John Williams is arguably the greatest composer of cinematic orchestration. Successful scores include Jaws, Harry Potter, Superman, and Star Wars. The power of his work lies in the mastery of developing characters in the storyline by connecting their personage to a melodic theme. Watching Jaws, you begin to tense up by the familiar music before you ever see the shark. Our experience with these stories are deeply connected to the orchestration, which provides depth.
Scripture is similar. As we read Hebrews we connect multiple cross-references to songs from Psalms. These words provide depth and connection to the grand story of Scripture, the fulfillment of prophecy, and the development of understanding God’s nature through reinforced poetry.
Originally familiar melodies, the ancient reader would have better understood the truth being communicated as they hummed the tune of the Psalm being referenced. This power helps us see even today the impact and importance of biblical songs sung in corporate worship that provide theological depth and meditation.
There is value in wisely consuming a playlist of songs that resonate the truth of God’s nature and the love of Christ in our life. It may not be a John Williams tune or Indiana Jones melody line, but we can make deep connections to eternal truth by paying close attention to important cross-references in the written word and even reinforcing them with modern and ancient songs that compliment sound theology.
As you walk in rhythm with the Holy Spirit this week allow the melody of grace and truth to be on your heart and lips as we live a life of praise and point others to Him. Certainly, our faith is more than a song, but a song can help to turn the walk into a dance.