Skill and Volume…

Read Psalm 33

Focus on verse 3


There is little I appreciate more than a group of musicians who can play skillfully together. Whether it is a classical group playing Mozart, or a guitar driven band playing eighties rock, what makes the music worth listening to is the level of skill they demonstrate in playing together as a group.

On the other hand, there is little that I find more annoying than an amateur eighties band that try to make up for ability with volume. As a wise sound tech once told me; “there is only so much one can do from the sound board to make the band sound better.” So what it boils down to is, I’d rather hear a skillful band amplified poorly, than a poor band amplified too much. The best scenario is of course when a skillful group of musicians is amplified skillfully.

I suspect David would have appreciated modern amplification techniques. It would seem that in his day the way to make it louder was to add voices and instruments. The bigger the group…the louder the sound, and when it came time to celebrate the Lord, few did it with more skill and enthusiasm than David.

Praise was meant to be loud! “Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!” Praise was meant to be fresh and new; “Sing to Him a new song;” and praise was to be executed with excellence. “Play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”

Skill and volume…not one or the other, but both together is what David was looking for when the people gathered to praise the Lord. And this is as it should be since the Lord is worthy of nothing less.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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