“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
I made a note about these three verses but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write. Now, as I read them and begin to write this piece, I realize just how simple a message it is, yet so eloquently stated.
In the English Standard Version of the Bible, these verses are titled, “What Does the Lord Require?” Continue reading
1 Chronicles 23 through 27 is all about how King David organizes all the various departments for the governing of Israel.
King David organizes:
- The Levites
- The Priests
- The Gate Keepers
- The Treasurers
- The Military
- The Tribal Leaders
- Other Officials
Who else does King David makes sure is organized?
In chapter 25, David organizes the musicians. Continue reading
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”
I like this verse.
I wrote it down and then read some commentary by theological scholars.
Now as I was reading their commentaries my first thought was “Gee, they should call these guys Biblical lawyers or theological engineers.”
Why? Continue reading
My mouth shall speak wisdom, the mediation of my heart shall be understanding. I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
What I like most about these verses is the final line, “I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.”
It speaks of how spiritual music is and how music can move you emotionally and that it should.
It speaks of the idea that music can open you up to thoughts and feelings, to see things differently. Music is very powerful.
It says to me that King David would use the melodies, chords, rhythms and sounds of music to help him settle his mind, calm his soul and contemplate the answers to the questions and problems of his life.
It says to me music is holy. Continue reading
When I was getting ready to get my blog up and running I had to write my “About” page. I was 99.9% sure I was going to call my blog “About The Groove”, so I decided to do some online research to see what others had to say about “the groove”.
Much to my dismay most articles and posts about “the groove” tried to give it a scientific calculated definition. Most of these articles were provided by professors and engineering types (and I don’t mean recording engineers).
Leave it to the intelligentsia to take something as ethereal and beautiful as “the groove” and try to define it as a formula or some complicated scientific equation. In other word, suck the life out of it.
See why I have such a disdain for engineers (again not recording engineers). It’s what they do. They take simplicity and turn it into a cesspool of complications and explanations that feed their egos. They turn it to the dark side.
Anyway to me “the groove” is simple. Continue reading