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Music as the Gift of God

May 5, 2023

Music has always played a huge part in my life. I imagine that by attending at least four church services each week as a kid (my dad was the church pastor), I heard a lot of music growing up. Just thinking about it puts a smile on my face. My church used to sing all the old hymns, very slowly, and all four or more verses. Even so, my mother would get upset with me because I would sway to the music. Can you imagine if the music had been more upbeat? I would have really driven her crazy!

This week, we had the amazing privilege of enjoying the Secondary Concert at the Vienna Community Church. We spent an hour watching our maturing musicians sing and play for us, once again leaving us with a smile on our faces and a rhythm in our steps. Many thanks go out to Miss Castro, her students, and all of the adult volunteers who helped to put the program together.

Before I left school for the concert, I stopped by the MPR where Miss Fiscus was singing and dancing with her after school club. They were enjoying the song, “I am Free.” Some of the lyrics are:

Through you the kingdom comes, through you the battle’s won, through you I’m not afraid,
Through you the price is paid, through you there’s victory, because of you my heart sings “I am free.”

What fun to see and hear our younger students singing joyfully to the Lord.

Two other recent experiences that I’ve had with music come from my last two business trips. The first was in Accra, Ghana. Every time I chair an accreditation visit, I like to end our time together singing. The music teacher at the school there chose “To God Be the Glory” for us to sing. He played the keyboard, while another teacher sang, and a third played the drums. During the song, another staff member spontaneously added a tambourine. This was one of the very best versions of the hymn that I’ve ever had the pleasure to sing.

Then, in Croatia at the ACSI Leadership Conference, we would begin everyday with a time of praising God through music. One of the songs that we sang included verses that basically mentioned everything that Jesus has done for us as our Lord and Savior. The room was filled with Christian school administrators from all over the world. We joined together to sing “Yet Not I, but Through Christ in Me.” Some of the lyrics are:

What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give.
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus.
For my life is wholly bound to His.
Oh how strange and divine, I can sing, “All is mine,”
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.
To this I hold, my sin has been defeated.
Jesus now and ever is my plea.
Oh the chains are released, I can sing, “I am free,”
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus.
All the glory evermore to Him.
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat.
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

Music – what a special gift from God that allows us to express our emotions, speaks to our heart, and cements in us memories that last a lifetime.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director

Here is a YouTube link of you’d like to listen to “Yet Not I, but Through Christ in Me”