Be encouraged…if you will let Him, God is working amazingly in your life…no matter how you “feel”.
Sometimes in the despair of life, and the bog of despond…we like to think that we are at the bottom. And that is when God reminds of us something that He has for us to do that gives our life meaning…that is if we are listening!
A couple of years ago, a flash mob did the Hallelujah Chorus, which was startling and then delightful to those in attendance at that food court. But the story behind the music is all God. But who reading this isn’t stirred by that music. It is hauntingly majestic and causes us to lift our hearts and voices to God. When that piece is sung, it makes you feel like you are “in heaven” and praising the King. Here is his quote about it when he finished…
The startled composer, tears streaming down his face, turns to him and cries out, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.” George Frideric Handel had just finished writing a movement which would take its place in history as the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
George Frideric Handel is the composer of “The Messiah”. But as brilliant as he was, his music was not always well received as identified in this quote from Christianity. Com.
Keep the Bible in Church!
Audiences for Handel’s compositions were unpredictable, and even the Church of England attacked him for what they considered his notorious practice of writing biblical dramas such as Esther andIsrael in Egypt to be performed in secular theaters. His occasional commercial successes soon met with financial disaster, as rival opera companies competed for the ticket holders of London. He drove himself relentlessly to recover from one failure after another, and finally his health began to fail. By 1741 he was swimming in debt. It seemed certain he would land in debtor’s prison.
Time to Pack It In?
On April 8 of that year, he gave what he considered his farewell concert. Miserably discouraged, he felt forced to retire from public activities at the age of 56. Then two unforeseen events converged to change his life. A wealthy friend, Charles Jennings, gave Handel a libretto based on the life of Christ, taken entirely from the Bible. He also received a commission from a Dublin charity to compose a work for a benefit performance.
Handel set to work composing on August 22 in his little house on Brook Street in London. He grew so absorbed in the work that he rarely left his room, hardly stopping to eat. Within six days Part One was complete. In nine days more he had finished Part Two, and in another six, Part Three. The orchestration was completed in another two days. In all, 260 pages of manuscript were filled in the remarkably short time of 24 days.
Sir Newman Flower, one of Handel’s many biographers, summed up the consensus of history: “Considering the immensity of the work and the short time involved, it will remain, perhaps forever, the greatest feat in the whole history of music composition.” Handel’s title for the commissioned work was, simply, Messiah.
So be encouraged…God is working through you! And dwell on this today…
Ephesians 3:20-21 – 20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Grace and Peace, Dan