What are we supposed to do concerning His created works?
Consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14
The cause which I knew not I searched out. Job 29:16
Dost thou know … the wondrous works of Him which is perfect in knowledge? Job 37:16
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Ps. 14:1
Come and see the works of God: Ps. 66:5
I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all Thy work, and talk of Thy doings. Ps. 77:11,12
Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. Ps. 90:16
Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves. Ps. 100:3
Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul. Ps. 103:22
The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works. Ps. 104:31
The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Ps. 111:2
His work is honourable and glorious. Ps. 111:3
He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered. Ps. 111:4
Make me to understand the way of Thy precepts: so shall I talk of Thy wondrous works. Ps. 119:27
I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvellous are Thy works; and my soul knoweth right well. Ps. 139:14
I remember the days of old, I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands. Ps. 143:5
Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world. Acts 15:18
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Re. 15:3
God does not tell man what His purpose is. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing.
The chief glory of God is His mysteriousness, the unfathomable character of His nature and attributes and doings.
The “glory” of kings is to search out—same word for “glory” and “honour.”
The King’s glory is to investigate matters in order to execute justice and defend the rights and safety of his people.
The glory of God is making us realize our ignorance, littleness and entire dependence. The glory of kings is to find out, to discover the truth.
The honour of man is in investigating—to search out a matter, not satisfied until he has searched the whole matter through by most complete and patient investigation.
The honour of mankind—to search out and become practically familiar with all the resources this earth will yield us for our use and enlargement.
The glory of God is to conceal—He has no need to investigate—all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.
Is. 14:15: God that hideth Himself.
Ro. 11:33: unsearchable in His judgments.
He is Inscrutable: thoughts are very deep, ways past finding out.
God lets us find out what we need to know about things. He has designedly and for our ultimate benefit and blessing left much to be searched for. He leaves us to search and ascertain, that by our searching we may be “lifted up and strengthened.”
When we search out we find how finite we are, but blessing of honour are the result of our searching to find out the truth.
Charles H. Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 9, No. 511, pp. 478, 493
Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, A Commentary: Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments, (Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1967), III, pp. 494
Keil and Delitzsch, Old Testament Commentaries, (Michigan: Associated Publishers and Authors, Inc.) “Proverbs 25:2”
The honour of kings is to search; unlike God, Who knows all things with or without searching (Ez. 4:15-19, v. 17; 6:1). Contrast Job 11:7-9. Kings must use all means to search out a true policy as Solomon in I Ki 3:16-28; cf. Job 29:16.
How God and kings acquire glory: Glory of God—to conceal, so that men become conscious of the limitation and insufficiency of their knowledge. Honour of kings: as pilots have to steer the plan (Isaiah 11:14). In order to navigate the airplane to its destination, pilots must know the airplane, weather, weight of passengers, fuel and luggage, emergency procedures, etc. So the musician needs to know how music was created, all about music, and what music is morally uplifting and what music destroys morals—death to the passengers.
Search out a matter, Is. 55:9
What God has revealed to us, we should study.
Science and Technology Minister Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz said: “Israel is a leading power in the field of science, and there are quite a few technologies in which we lead the world, such as propulsion systems for satellites, micro-satellites, light-weight satellites, advanced multispectral cameras, miniature radar technologies and more.” He sees no contradiction between science and Torah. “Science teaches us how to understand nature; it explores the laws that have been determined by Hashem.” “Of course we can’t understand or fathom Hashem’s greatness, but understanding nature gives us a better knowledge of Him, the Creator.”
“We know that Hashem created nature with certain laws, and Chazal even frown on the person for whom nature is changed. Let me ask you—if I try to understand how furniture is made, does that contradict the fact that a carpenter built it?”
“Science Is No Contradiction to Torah,” Hamodia (February 3, 2010) B24.
The real world is the world as its Creator sees it and knows it to be. He gave the world to us to learn, to explore and to extend. When our mind grasps truth thoroughly, with utter clarity, we grasp wisdom. Torah
Calvin did not want any forms of worship that relied upon emotional manipulation at the expense of right doctrine and the actual praise of God. Today emotionally manipulative praise songs may have a good “hook” but not much content. Luther believed that good music is the very sound of creation. Luther said:
When man’s natural musical ability is whetted and polished to the extent that it becomes an art, then do we note with great surprise the great and perfect wisdom of God in music, which is, after all, His product and His gift; we marvel when we hear music in which one voice sings a simple melody, while three, four, or five other voices play and trip lustily around the voice that sings its simple melody and adorn this simple melody wonderfully with artistic musical effects.
A person who … does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.
God’s questions to Job had the effect of eliciting a new humility to Job. Like a Jewish father, God asks, in effect, Okay, smarty-pants, Where were you when I created the heavens and the earth? “Where were you … when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?” God takes Job back to where it all began—when, in the morning of everything, the morning stars sang for joy in their Creator. It is only when we go back to the beginning, that we make sense of the rest of the journey. Being called back to the beginning is to be reminded of whom we really are, and what is most important, and also, the important things that it would be a tragedy to overlook, because if we lose them, we’ve lost it all. It reminded Job of who he was, and to whom his life belonged.
What has this to do with music? Everything. Every time we sing hymns of faith, we are being called back to where it all began. We are the beloved children of God, created in God’s own image.
Martin Luther believed that music was closely linked with creation. When God created the heavens and the earth, everything was in order. Everything was in harmony. When we fell, we entered into a world of disorder and disharmony. Luther said that, in this world of disorder and disharmony, there are two things capable of reminding us that there is another way, of recalling us to a vision of order and beauty; and those two things are theology informed by Scripture, and music. Luther said that music, when linked hand in hand with good theology, has the capacity to create order in this world of chaos.
Blair R. Monie, “The Restaurant at the Beginning of the Universe,” (paper read at the American Guild of Organists Regional Meeting, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, June 18, 2007).
When life gets hard for all those people who come to our churches on Sundays—when life gets hard for us, which it frequently does—we sing! What we hear are the echoes of the songs the stars sang, back there where it all began.
When we get frustrated and confused, when we lose our way, our music calls us back to the place where it all began. It helps to recall the place, back at the very beginning of the universe, when God loved and foreordained our salvation and everything about us and the stars sang for sheer joy.
The Vital Truth of Creation
Henry M. Morris, “Reflections on a Legacy: Four Decades of Creation Ministry,” Acts and Facts, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2010),pp. 10-13.
The conflict between creation and evolution is not merely an argument between two scientific theories of origins. It is a conflict between the only two basic worldviews of life and meaning—one centered in God and His purposes for the world, the other centered around man and his own personal and societal goals. [Example of the musician who lumped creationists and classicists together.]
Evolution is a naturalistic philosophy of life and meaning, with human beings regarded as the highest achievement of billions of years of evolutionary development of all things by natural processes. Creationism, on the other hand, assumes that all the basic systems in nature were created supernaturally by God. Each theory is thus precisely the opposite of the other. Which theory is true and which is false?
The Scientific Test
As far as music is concerned, there is nothing in God’s creation of musical sound that ever emphasizes dissonance. Also, sound waves act exactly the same today as they did thousands of years ago. There are no known differences.
The Fruit Test
Mrs. Glenda Macomber
By their fruits ye shall know them (Mt. 7:20)
The fruits of “contemporary Christian music” include all kinds of harmful behavior and evil philosophy, sensual attire and conduct, but not one good fruit in the form of real character development advance or self-less behavior.
Belief in supernatural creation of music, on the other hand, was the motivating conviction of all the psalm and song writers of the Bible
The Biblical Test
There is not a hint anywhere in Scripture of the evolution of music. On the other hand, the very first chapter of the Bible teaches the special creation of the space/mass/time universe and everything in it.
The evidence for the truth of consonant music and the falsity of evolution in music leading to more and more dissonance is truly overwhelming. There is still tremendous opposition from the academic, musical, and political establishments, and from so-called Christians against biblical literalism.
There is no other worldview which is true to all the facts of Scripture, music, and history, and there is surely no biblical reason to compromise on such a vital truth.
God’s first commandment on the created earth was what has been called the dominion mandate (Ge. 1:26-28) and this has never been withdrawn or diluted. It was repeated and extended to the survivors of the global deluge (Ge. 9:1-7). This first divine mandate requires what we now would call scientific research and then the transmission of the accumulating information about God’s creation to all succeeding generations (that is, by education!). Priority, it surely warrants since this was His first mandate which demands our obedience and support even today.
The Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20) mandates not only preaching the gospel and baptizing believers but teaching everything taught by Christ!
This includes everything in His creation, “for all things were made by Him” and He is now “upholding all things” (Jn 1:3: Heb. 1:3). As Creator, He had issued the primeval dominion mandate and this later mandate now implies teaching all things learned under the first mandate, in addition to teaching about His work of redeeming all things.
Because of music’s key importance in God’s plan for His creation, Satan has sought very successfully to gain control of music [his tabrets]. His system of evolution is the key weapon in his control of music, and he bitterly opposes all who presume to teach against that system.
Our primary mission is providing true education in music, in its creation/redemption framework, instead of the evolutionary humanistic system, which permeates all secular colleges and universities and has led even most evangelical colleges to compromise with it.
Henry M. Morris, “Reflections on a Legacy: Four Decades of Creation Ministry,” Acts and Facts, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2010), pp. 10-13.
This may seem impossible, however, as long as Satan is “the god of this world” (2 Co 4:4). Nevertheless, the mandates need to be implemented by providing:
- Creationist training in music related to its origins. Evolution dominates music today. This notion must be corrected.
- Training music teachers.
- Winning “music” to Christ. Teach the actual facts of music theory, counterpoint, classical music.
- Develop extension ministries (books, seminars, radio, internet, etc.,) which can reach many others in all walks of life with the essentials of music creationism.
All this should be carried out in the light of eternity and God’s ultimate purpose for us in His magnificent, infinite, and eternal creation.
The voice of the Lord—
Charles H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, (Virginia: Scripture Truth Book Co, 1984), Vol. 1, (Part 2) “Psalm 29.”
We have God’s works and God’s Word joined together: let no man put them asunder by a false idea that theology and science can by any possibility oppose each other.
It is a diabolical science which fixes our contemplations on the works of nature, and turns them away from God. If an one who wished to know a man, should take no notice of his face, but should fix his eyes only on the points of his nails, his folly might justly be decided. But far greater is the folly of those philosophers, who. . . weave themselves veils lest they should be compelled to acknowledge the hand of God, which manifestly displays itself in His works.—John Calvin
Charles H. Spurgeon, “Sermon for New Year’s Day,” Spurgeon's Sermons (electronic ed.), Logos Library System; (Albany, OR: Ages Software, 1998), Vol. 31. No. 1816.
“I make”—Who can make but God, the Maker of heaven and earth? It is His high prerogative to make and to destroy. What a range of creating power is here! Nothing stands outside of that all-surrounding circle.
Behold: an earnest call for us to consider this work of our Lord. All of His works deserve study (Ps 111:2): “The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.” “Whatsoever the Lord doeth is full of wisdom, and the wise will search into it.
Remembering God’s Works
Ps. 111:4,5—He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered.
The very greatness of His works prevents them from being forgotten.
Study deeply that you may see the greatness of His works and admire them. It is very much in proportion as we appraise the works of the Lord at their proper value, that we will fix them upon our memory in our life.
God made His wonderful works to be remembered, because of the persons for whom those works were wrought.
The Lord took care that His wonderful works should be remembered by putting the creation account and His making of the ear in the record in the Scriptures. He recorded His wonderful works in the very early times of the creation and of the world’s history, in order that what God had done might be written down for all future generations to read. This blessed Book has made the wonderful works of God to be remembered for all time. It was written for that very purpose. Let us bless Him more and more for these sacred pages in which He makes His wonderful works to be remembered.
Let us act in harmony with this grand design, and preserve the memory of the Lord’s great goodness to us.
Moreover in order to preserve the memory of His wonderful works, God was pleased to command His people to teach their children to remember what He had done for them—to make their children’s memories into books of remembrance.
God was pleased to institute certain laws of music, rules of nature in the minds of His people, in order to make His wonderful works to be remembered. He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered, so join with Him in that sacred purpose, and in observing the creation. Study diligently, in the Biblical record, what He did in the olden time. The Lord’s children should not be dumb. Worldlings are noisy enough in praising their false gods, and often make the night hideous and startle us from our sleep as they sing the songs of Bacchus, or Mars, or other heathen deities—rock and contemporary music.
Charles H. Spurgeon, “Remembering God’s Works,” Spurgeon's Sermons (electronic ed.), Logos Library System, (Albany, OR: Ages Software, 1998), Vol. 49, No.2849
It is wisdom on our part to remember these wonderful works of the Lord, for the effect upon our minds will be useful in many ways. How gracious has the Lord been.
It will make us consider and acknowledge the divine bounty to us throughout all our lives.
The last thing that this memory of God’s wonderful works ought to do for us is to make us praise Him. Praise ye the Lord!
The works of the LORD are great—
They are great in number, in size, in purpose, and in effect. Even when God makes a little thing, it is great because of the wisdom displayed in making it.
Charles H. Spurgeon, “Exposition of Psalm 111,” Spurgeon's Sermons (electronic ed.), Logos Library System, (Albany, OR: Ages Software, 1998), Vol. 49, No.2849
We take pleasure in a man and also in his works. We like to see what he has made; and, in like manner, the saints of God take pleasure in His works. They revel in the beauties of creation; they delight to study His wisdom in providence, but, best of all, they are most charmed with the wonders of divine grace. These works are so marvelous that a mere surface glance at them is not sufficient; you need to search them out, to dig deep in the mines of God’s wisdom as seen in His works, to try to find out the secret motive of His everlasting purposes. The more you study them, the more they will grow. Some things impress you at first with greater significance than they do afterwards, but the works of God are so great that, if you look at them throughout your whole lifetime, they will continue to grow greater still.
“made to be remembered”
They are to be treasured up, for they are worthy
Come and see the works of God. Ps. 66:5
Declare Thy wondrous works. Ps 71:17
Charles H. Spurgeon, “Fullness of Joy Our Privilege,” Spurgeon's Sermons (electronic ed.), Logos Library System, (Albany, OR: Ages Software, 1998), Vol. 60, No. 3406
J.J. Conner and E. F. Robertson, “The Facts of Perception, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz,” The Athenaeum Reading Room.
“The natural sciences. . . seek to separate out definitions, systems of symbols, patterns of representation, and hypotheses, in order to study. . . the world of reality whose laws they seek, in a pure form.”
God reveals exactly what He wants us to know about Himself, about one another, and about the world around us. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
The ear and music is an example of God’s creative design. It is evidence of incredible design by a Creator—an Intelligent Designer behind the common, everyday occurrences of our world.
Wisdom enables us to understand reality. Through wisdom we have discovered a set of scientific laws that elegantly express reality in the language of mathematics. Whenever man learns the logic of the universe, man is (in essence) “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.” A correct “understanding” of understanding, therefore, is that we humans discover (and implement) wisdom; we do not invent it.
Creation is a dynamic display of the Creator’s wisdom, some of which we can scientifically discover and understand. When we do, it is like walking in the footprints of someone who previously walked through a snowdrift.
It is only by God’s creative grace that human creatures like us can think any thoughts at all, much less thoughts that are logical and analytical enough to be called “scientific.” Because God’s wisdom is displayed in the universe itself, and also in our human ability to comprehend that universe, we owe our great Creator-God an ongoing debt of creaturely thanksgiving.
Henry M. Morris III, “Exploring the Evidence for Creation,” ACTS & FACTS, Vol. 39. No. 3, (March 2010), pp. 4-5
Albert Mohler, “Christianity and Evolution,” ACTS & FACTS, Vol. 39. No. 3, (March 2010), p. 7
Jeffrey Tomkins, “Extreme Cold Can Be an Inconvenient Truth,” ACTS & FACTS, Vol. 39. No. 3, (March 2010), p. 9.
We can eliminate the conflict between evolution and Christianity, if we redefine God to be something far less than the Creator He reveals Himself to be in Genesis. If we dispense with Genesis as revealed truth, we have no problem declaring a truce between evolution and Christian belief ….
Why are humans slow to admire God’s much more complicated invention and installation of antifreeze systems in plants?