I stood amazed to be able to learn that some music that I thought of as newer music is actually older music, such as “I Am Not Skilled to Understand”, which was written by Dorothy Day Greenwell in 1873. It was also interesting to learn that English-speaking Christians used to own their own hymn books just as people own their own Bibles today. The hymn books could be considered the ordinary person’s systematic theology books, carried along with their Bibles. Matthew 13:52 (about bringing new and old things from a treasure chest) was highlighted at one point in this book and I’m going to try to remember that verse each time I find myself liking one era of music more than another because it is and hopefully will continue to be an encouragement to me to appreciate all eras of music.
I think one of the most important pieces of information that I learned from this book, although I don't remember even reading it with words, is that worship music unites us in Messiah’s body, at least probably most of the time. I think this is because there is not a focus on denominations within worship songs (or most of them) and that we are purely singing about Jesus and God with the words that come from our mouths with most worship songs.
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