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Music by Timothy Steele

Timothy H. Steele. Music.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 31st, 2016. 39 pp.

This is a booklet on a Christian worldview of the academic discipline of Chemistry that is part of the Faithful Learning Series published by Presbyterian and Reformed that provides an introductory look at various academic discipline from the perspective of the Christian worldview.  This particular work looks at the subject of the study of music and it is the fourth book I have read in this series.  Overall I am enjoying the series very much.

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Page CXVI/Hymns

For those of you interested in hymns that has a bit of an upbeat and modern twist, I encourage you to check out the hymns produced by PAGE CXVI.  Since I love music that exalts and praises God, I would like to share a little review from the hymns they produced.  They have a four part hymn project, but I was only able to listen to Hymns III so far.  I still have yet to buy Hymns I, II, and IV.

For those of you that do not know what PAGE CXVI is, here is a quote from their website that describes briefly about themselves, “PAGE CXVI is a project started with the idea of making hymns accessible and known again.  They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.”

Hymns III has a collection of very epic hymns that are considered powerhouses in church history – sung by millions of saints: Be Still My Soul, Be Thou My Vision, In the Sweet By and By, Holy, Holy, Holy, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, You Have Redeemed My Soul, and Divine Invitation.  It is epic and creative that these hymns are filled with wonderful orchestration and arrangement; and backed up by a gifted vocalist.  The melody and vocalist puts you into a relaxing meditation mode when you listen to each of the hymns.

Here is what I like or that I found creative and unique about the individual songs:

1) Be Still My Soul

I like how the piano is played softly and how it is accompanied with a brass instrument.  It really does complement the title, “Be Still My Soul.”  As I sung this song, I imagine myself floating on God’s providence because I know He takes care of me.

2) Be Thou My Vision

This hymn is one of my favorites.  I consider it the Himalaya of this album.   I love the aggressive percussion and brass instrument.  The aggressive percussion and brass instrument played causes me  to meditate on the Almighty God, who is my vision.  Also the phrase “in my heart” that is repeated many times, precipitates me to have more love and passion for Jesus.

3) In the Sweet By and By

The rendition of this song will make you want to listen.  The pitch of the vocalist makes the song come alive when singing about “meeting God in the shore.”

4) Holy, Holy, Holy

I love how this song climaxes at 2:01.  Listen to the percussion and the string instrument being played to the lyrics, “You are God, You set us free, liberating me, You broke the chains, You part the sea, set the captives free.”  These lyrics really depict the awesomeness of God and His holiness.

5) Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

I like how the flow of the piano and percussion; and how it later transitions with the string instrument later.  The string instrument really makes the song come alive.  I also appreciate how the cymbal is used near the end of the song because it transitions smoothly when the pitch of the vocalist increases.

6) You Have Redeemed My Soul

While listening to this song, I really liked how the instruments were orchestrated and arranged, but what really hooked me into the song were the lyrics.  It was so convicting, when I heard the words, “You have redeemed my soul from the pit of emptiness, You have redeemed my soul from death.”  As I was listening to this bridge, it caused me to close my eyes and stare at the glorious cross, where my Savior died for me.

7) Divine Invitation

The song was well done.  But the title alone, Divine Invitation, is  filled with nostalgic memories of God’s grace towards me.  It was God alone who brought me out of the kingdom of darkness and invited me into the kingdom of righteousness.  This is a song that John Calvin would like because it echoes the Doctrines of Grace.

Here is their website: pagecxvi.com

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Glory Be to God

(free download from Sovereign Grace Music)

Glory Be to God

Words and music by Bob Kauflin
As recorded on Savior: Celebrating the Mystery of God Become Man

Lyrics

Glory be to God on high
Let peace on earth descend
God comes down before our eyes
To Bethlehem
God invisible appears
Endless ages wrapped in years
He has come who cannot change
And Jesus is His name

Emptied of His majesty
He comes in human form
Being’s source begins to be
And God is born
All our griefs He’ll gladly share
All our sins He’ll fully bear
He will cover our disgrace
And suffer in our place

Let the joyful news ring out
The Prince of Peace proclaim
Lift your heart and voice to shout
Immanuel’s name
God has kept His promises
What a work of grace this is
Son of Mary, chosen One
The Lamb of God has come

Hosanna, hosanna
The Lamb of God has come
Hosanna, hosanna
He is the promised One

Glory be to God on high
Let peace on earth descend
God comes down before our eyes
To Bethlehem

© 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).

  • Format: MP3 download
  • Availability: For immediate download (will not be shipped)

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