Throughout their history, the Jewish people have included music in every facet of living. Believing that humans are created in the image and likeness of God, the Jewish people easily concluded that God does indeed sing, since his creation is filled with music (Psalm 96:1, Isaiah 55:12), and our souls are compelled to give praise to God in song (Psalm 27:6). The prophet Zephaniah assures God’s people that God “will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (3:17), much as a mother sings tenderly and joyfully to her child. As Christians, who believe in a Triune God, we can expect three-part harmony! Simply put, the Judeo-Christian tradition clearly recognizes music as part of God’s language. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore how to make sure that music and singing, integral parts of God’s language, are present in our homes.
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