04.18.16 – BSU Choral – Beati Quorum Via
Millennials, and those looking for meaningful ways to enhance their relationship with God, are seeking for Biblical truth in art and music. The source for truth is the Word of God and so putting the Word of God to musical settings is an excellent way of communicating Biblical truth.
A millennial writes, “There comes a point where the transcendent and the sacred shout out for a place in our hearts and commitment. Call it longing for purpose and/or for a connection with the Divine. These cannot be found in the culture; they are radically counter-cultural.”
Some are looking for truth in high church music, which draws from an array of music compiled over a millennia, with many musical settings containing whole passages of the Psalms, Songs, & Hymns of the Bible. The melding of musical art and the words of Scripture not only teach enduring theological truths, it emulates the simplicity and mystery of the Gospel, and adorns the loftiest of praise, using words already provided for in Scripture.
It may be that pursuits for the superlative in music are young people’s attempts to satisfy the deepest of spiritual yearnings. Those who are seeking the truth are promised to find it (John 8:32), which may only be found in Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God (John 1:1) and who said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6).
One such offering is Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via, an artful musical setting for an enduring truth found in Psalm 119, presented by the Bukidnon State University Chorale of Malaybalay, Philippines, and introduced by singer, lyricist, and Patrick Henry College student, Hannah Cudal.
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