A Thought for the WELS National Worship Conference

Today is the first full day of the WELS National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts. Yesterday included recitals and an opening Festival Concert. As I listened to the beautiful sound of a large choir, an impressive organ, and a full orchestra offering musical praise to the Lord, I remembered this passage from the book, “The Spirituality of the Cross” by Gene Edward Veith, Jr.:

For me, enjoying a work of art—whether listening to music, reading a novel, or gaping at a painting—is an especially pure example of God’s sovereignty in human vocation. That I am able to take such unmerited pleasure through the God-given talents of other people who have a vocation that I by no means have myself always fills me with a sense of praise. Not just for the artist, but also for the God who is so wildly generous in all of his gifts.

“Unmerited pleasure” from God-given talents pairs well with the unmerited grace God has lavished on me.

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